I’m not surprised when I read a letter—like the one below—about great care given at UTMB. I’m glad we have great people who truly are gifted, who do a great job for our community, who literally save lives every day. But when I hear a casual acquaintance in the community gushing about a great experience, about the quality, compassion, service, friendliness, helpfulness and competence they experienced, that really makes me happy and proud. Such was the case this weekend, when I ran into someone at a kid’s birthday party who was a patient at our cancer center and had nothing but positive things to say. To our great clinicians, thanks for your hard work. People out there—and here, too—appreciate it.
Doctors and Nurses Performed A Miracle Galveston County Daily News, April 16, 2007
In regard to the story, “UTMB, TLC plan conference on brain injuries” (The Daily News, April 12): I just wanted to give a tremendous thanks to the doctors and nurses at University of Texas Medical Branch for saving the life of my very good friend’s 15-year-old daughter on April 7. She was taken by Life Flight in for serious head trauma and needed a life-saving surgery. The doctors acted so fast that it seems she will recover just fine. They removed a hematoma off her brain the size of a fist. The doctors told us that 95 percent of people with that type of injury don’t survive, and if they do, it is usually not without disabilities. Well, they got her in and to me performed a miracle surgery. She was even released Tuesday just three days after almost losing her life. Now tell me those doctors weren’t sent from heaven. Again thanks so much for giving back this beautiful girl’s life. God bless you all at UTMB Trauma Unit.-Mary Gordon