HATTIESBURG, Miss. – (July 3, 2018) Benton Mark has learned to appreciate the things that matter in life: his friends, family, and faith in God.
On July 15, 2016, Trisha Pierce was involved in a car crash that would leave her with 4 spinal fractures, a fractured sternum, 2 fractured ribs, and a lacerated spleen. Like many patients who sustain these types of traumatic injuries, Trisha doesn’t remember much from the night of the accident or the days spent in the hospital afterward.
“I woke up on the stretcher at Forrest General Hospital in the ER. I don’t remember anything in the ER. I remember waking up, I guess, in ICU, and I didn’t know I was there so long, but I was there for three nights. The total time in the hospital was a week. My mom has told me more about the experience and fills in what I don’t remember,” Trisha explained.
Shelby Hyatt doesn’t remember anything about March 13, 2018. She doesn’t know what she had for breakfast that morning or what errands she ran or the accident that put her in a coma for 22 days.
“Everybody tells me that I was a passenger in a vehicle that got hit on my side. There is a list of injuries,” Shelby said.
Shelby was airlifted from the scene with extensive injuries including two fractures to the skull, bleeds in her brain, broken neck, broken back, shattered pelvis, ruptured spleen, and many other broken bones and lacerations. According to Shelby’s mother, Missy, Shelby was a 3 on the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS), which is the lowest score. The GCS is the most common scoring system used by physicians to gauge the severity of damage after a traumatic brain injury.
Missy said, “There was not just one injury that could have absolutely taken her life.”
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