As an X-ray technician he had seen many people helped by Nightingale, so he knew he’d be OK when the air ambulance came for him.

The unexpected patient

Steve Ford was riding his motorcycle to his job at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital when a car started to make a left turn. He was on small country road, going about 55 mph, and he somehow crashed into the car.

“I flew 40 feet over it,” Steve said, “and landed in a ditch.”

The seriousness of his accident hit him when he heard that Sentara Nightingale Regional Air Ambulance was coming.

But then he felt reassured.

“When I knew that within 20 or 30 minutes I’d be at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, I knew I wasn’t going to die,” Steve added.

At the time of his accident, he worked as an X-ray technician and had seen many patients do well after being flown to the hospital; his experience was the same, thanks to the fast-thinking first responders, the Nightingale crew and the hospital providers.



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