WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) - A teenage girl who was injured in a head-on crash will get an opportunity to re-unite with the emergency crews who saved her.
Makenzy Blair, 14, was injured in November of 2010 while she was on her way to a cheerleading competition with her mother and several friends.
The van she was riding in was struck head-on by Julie Bellison-Anuszkiewicz. Both Anuskiewicz and the driver of the mini-van, Lori Morris, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Makenzy, her mother and two friends were injured in the crash. They were treated by emergency crews from AircCare and Miami Township EMS.
After nearly six months of intensive medical and rehabilitative care, Makenzy will reunite with her Air Care rescuers on Thursday, May 12, at West Chester Hospital – the flight crew's base of operations.
Makenzy and her mother will get a chance to meet and thank those who saved their lives that day, including Flight Physician Dr. David Snow, Flight Nurse Meg Candage, Pilot Jim Pace, and Communication Specialists Ben Barnes and Valerie Deerwester. The mother and daughter will also get to take a ride in the Air Care helicopter.
Makenzy also recently had the opportunity to thank the Miami Township EMS squad at their headquarters in Milford. EMS Chief Dan Mack felt that the rescuers deserved to be recognized more formally for their life-saving efforts. He nominated both his EMS crew and the Air Care team for the Ohio Department of Public Safety Star of Life Award, and they were selected as the 2011 award winners.
According to the ODPS, the Star of Life Award is granted to dedicated firefighters, EMTs and police officers who demonstrate exceptional pre-hospital care, model patient care, proper protocol and treatment practices, and extraordinary documentation.
The ceremony is slated for Wednesday, May 18, during the 2nd Annual EMS Awards in Columbus.
"The Flight and EMS teams' exceptional skills, teamwork and clinical expertise turned what could easily have been another unfavorable outcome that day into a chance for survival for a young teenage girl," stated Teri Grau, clinical director of UC Health Air Care and Mobile Care. "It was the seamless integration of the diverse disciplines involved in Makenzy's care that made the difference in her outcome. Undeniably, they each deserve this award."