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“Thankful to Be Alive”

February 05, 2019

Early on a Friday morning in December 2018, Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters were dispatched to a vehicle off the roadway at the base of Rabbit Ears Pass. Colorado State Patrol reported that the vehicle had left the road and gone airborne for 186 feet, clearing trees and rolling several times before coming to a stop.

First responders found the car’s passenger Chris Thomas "severely hypothermic with multi-system trauma," according to a news release from Steamboat Fire Rescue. It is unknown whether Thomas was ejected from the vehicle or crawled from the car after the crash.

Once paramedics and EMTs had moved the patient up the steep hillside and back to the road, a medical plane flew him to Denver Health in critical condition.

In addition to multiple other injuries, Thomas had suffered a broken jaw in the crash. His breathing tube was removed days after, and thanks to the Ernest E. Moore Shock Trauma Center at Denver Health, Thomas is expected to make a full recovery.  The patient reports that he is "thankful to be alive."

Proceeds from the 2019 NightShine Gala, to be held on Saturday March 30 at the Hyatt Regency at Colorado Convention Center, will benefit this Ernest E. Moore Shock Trauma Center at Denver Health.  Other patients like Chris Thomas will continue to benefit from the research and education done through the center.  To learn more about the event and to purchase tickets and/or tables, click HERE

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