EMSA medic saves grandmother after tornado
MOORE, Okla. – Thousands were victimized by the deadly tornadoes.
Paramedics are known for their heroic actions but unfortunately are not immune to the devastation.
Medic Stephen Begay saved his grandmother’s life and lost all of his possessions.
“Halfway through we figured out it was headed straight for Moore and that’s when the emotions started kicking in,” said Begay.
As the twister loomed, Begay rushed to Moore where his entire family lives.
He went to his grandmother’s street and when he got there, he saw utter destruction.
“There was no distinguishable part of her house, the walls were just gone.”
Kathryn Begay, 90, was buried under those collapsed walls covered with blood and an obvious head wound.
“She had a massive head injury on the right side of her head she was bleeding,” said Begay. “It was hard to disconnect myself but on the other hand the best I could do for her is to treat her like I would anybody else.”
His 10 years worth of training kicked in and rushed her to the hospital.
Kathryn went into cardiac arrest and was on life support for five days.
He said, “After that she was starting to talk to us, recognize us, starting to joke with us almost back to her normal self.”
But Thursday morning she took a turn for the worse.
She suffered a massive stroke, leaving her disabled.
Now instead of talking about rehab and assisted living, the conversation has turned to hospice care.
Begay and his fiancé moved to Oklahoma just six months ago all of their belongings were in a storage facility.
Those units were hit too.
The couple lost everything.
But on the day Begay received the news of his grandmother’s prognosis, his company, EMSA gave him a check of over $4,000 to help him start rebuilding.
Begay said, “One thing this has instilled in me is we take care of our own and that has been proven here at EMSA.”
EMSA had five employees affected by the twister.
Three of them lost everything expect for the clothes they were wearing.
Coworkers started a collection through Helping Hands Foundation to gather money for their colleges.
So far they raised $26,000.
The money was dispersed to all five employees based on need.
“Their response has just been really disbelief honestly. They were just so thankful and overwhelmed by the support that they have received not only from the community but from their EMSA family as well and from our parent company,” EMSA COO John Peterson said.