Luck and Good Doctors
Michael Cassidy’s survival defies the odds. One March, he was flung from his motorcycle into a fire hydrant, breaking his pelvis completely. Dr. Michelle McNutt, Chief of Trauma at Memorial Hermann Red Duke Trauma Institute, swiftly employed the REBOA technique, using a catheter to halt blood flow beyond a balloon inflated in the aorta, acting as an internal tourniquet. Laura Moore, MD, FACS, credits REBOA for saving Michael’s life, calling it revolutionary. Access to this technique was crucial, a stroke of luck that played its part in his recovery.