WHO: Patient Brittlyn Lee, ER and ICU physicians and nurses

WHAT: Thanksgiving Great Save

WHEN: 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015

WHERE: Emergency Room, Trauma Room C Overland Park Regional Medical Center, 10500 Quivira Rd, Overland Park, Kan

Please go to main entrance lobby for a media escort. 

WHY: Brittlyn Lee was resuscitated by First Responders at the scene of a traumatic car accident the evening of Nov. 7, 2014 and was then transported to Overland Park Regional Medical Center’s Level II Trauma Center. In a coma and suffering from a severe brain injury, Lee was transferred to ICU for several days. She had surgery on her left leg, left arm, pelvis and reconstruction surgery of her left hand and three surgeries to remove glass from her lungs and the back of her throat; in addition, Lee had a tracheotomy and feeding tube. Molly Black, M.D., and Don Fishman, M.D., Medical Director of Trauma Services at Overland Park Regional Medical Center were two of the physicians who attended Lee. Now 24, Lee was transferred to a rehabilitation hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska, for three months following her stay at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. 

“The neurologists could not say with any certainty if Brittlyn would ever wake up or not,” says Brittlyn’s mother, DaVonne. “This ceremony on Wednesday will allow us to thank the surgeons such as Dr. Black and Dr. Fishman, the nurses and other medical personnel for seeing Brittlyn as the beautiful young lady we know her to be. They gave her amazing care and looked ahead to what she would need to best help her during her very long recovery, or at least the chance of a recovery. For that we are forever grateful.” 

“This Great Save is a celebration of life that demonstrates the skill, collaboration and compassion of all those involved in patient care at Overland Park Regional Medical Center,” says Don Fishman, M.D., Medical Director, Trauma Services, Overland Park Regional Medical Center.  “We are honored and humbled to be recognized by Brittlyn and her family.” 

“Great Saves are important—they allow us to recognize the teams who daily care for patients such as Brittlyn Lee in emergency healthcare situations,” says Kevin J. Hicks, Chief Executive Officer, Overland Park Regional Medical Center. “Brittlyn’s remarkable recovery following a traumatic accident is an excellent example of how our healthcare teams are dedicated to helping save lives with high-quality, compassionate care. This Great Save comes at a particularly poignant time when all of our thoughts turn to giving thanks.” 

For more information about Overland Park Regional Medical Center, visit oprmc.com.