Timing, technology and teamwork saved my life
This is Iwan van der Schoor – husband, father, expert skydiver and photographer.
After Iwan landed chest-first in the water following a jump on the Fourth of July, he was diagnosed with broken ribs and a partial rupture in his aorta, the body's main artery.
Iwan was airlifted to the level 1 trauma center at UC Davis Medical Center, where trauma and emergency specialists and surgeons coordinated seamlessly to repair the torn blood vessel and save his life – giving him the chance to get back in the air again.
“This procedure is something that is done at many hospitals in the region, but what we have as a level I trauma center is the ability to coordinate that emergency capability, do it with zero advance notice, and we do it 24/7.”
— David Dawson, M.D., vascular surgeon