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Flora man reunited with nurse who saved his life

Patient Story

On May, 9, 2015, Mitch Piotrowski was heading home with his family to Flora after spending the evening in Lafayette celebrating his daughter’s 15th birthday. He and his family came upon a wreck at SR26 and SR75. Piotrowski pulled over to help. He remembers there being a lot of smoke but that is about all he remembers. Another passing vehicle hit him and the man he was aiding, sending Piotrowski 20 feet into the air, landing in a ditch 75 feet from the road.

Indiana University Health LifeLine received the call at 10:33 pm, arrived on the scene at 11:05 pm and performed lifesaving measures on Piotrowski. By 11:54 pm, Piotrowski was at IU Health Methodist being treated for a lacerated kidney, three broken ribs, a broken arm, a broken jaw, a broken orbital and head injuries.

Recently, Piotrowski reached out on Facebook to thank the team who saved his life. IU Health LifeLine made arrangements for him to be reunited with Dawn Jones, the nurse who saved his life that night.

The two were finally connected on Sunday, March 3 at the IU Health LifeLine hangar at Purdue University Airport. Piotrowski was accompanied by his wife, Mary Jo and his daughter Mary Beth. Many tears were shed and many hugs were shared. Piotrowski and his family cannot say thank you enough.

“I don’t take anything for granted these days,” stated Piotrowski. “I appreciate everything IU Health did to save my life. You now have an entire family loyal to IU Health for all our healthcare needs. Life is truly something to be celebrated."

The West Central Region is lucky to have an established IU Health LifeLine critical air and ground transport stationed at the Purdue University Airport. It allows the critical care team to respond to accidents in our rural areas quickly, providing life-saving measures. Patients can be transported quickly and safely to the hospital best suited for their needs.

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