In honor of EMS Week, OPRMC will reunite First Responders and the trauma team physicians with Jeff Kudlacik whose life was saved due to heroic and courageous actions. Kudlacik’s car was cut in half during an accident in the early hours of March 10, 2015; because of his traumatic injuries, he was not expected to live.

“EMS Week is a great opportunity to celebrate the pre-hospital heroes who go to work each and every day to save a life,” says Kevin Hicks, Overland Park Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer. “This particular Great Save is even more meaningful as Jeff suffered life-threatening injuries and was not expected to make it through surgery.  Gathering Jeff, his parents and his caregivers is an incredibly powerful example of the full continuum of healthcare and is exactly why our mission as a Trauma Center is so critical to this community.”

“Our trauma team and emergency room staff have the distinct honor of working with some of the community’s best First Responders who represent the most skilled professionals and most compassionate hearts in healthcare,” says Overland Park Regional Medical Center Trauma Medical Director Don Fishman, M.D., FACS. “Their work in helping saving Kudlacik’s life is truly is nothing short of a miracle.” 

Jeff Kudlacik: March 10th, 2015 was Kudlacik’s 23rd birthday and instead of celebrating, he decided to work a double shift to save money for medical school.  He was driving down 135th and Quivira on his way home when he was tragically struck by another vehicle, reportedly going 70 miles an hour.  The impact of the crash cut his car in half (see photos attached).  When First Responders arrived they knew that not only could he lose his legs, but also the severe loss of blood could send him into shock.  They immediately transferred him from the accident scene to the Overland Park Regional Medical Center Level II Trauma Center. Trauma Team and Emergency Department physicians found compound fractures in both of Kudlacik’s femurs, a punctured lung, nine broken ribs, torn ACLs, LCLs and a torn right patella tendon. Kudlacik spent 70 days at Overland Park Regional Medical Center with both legs being saved and had two total blood transfusions.  He was discharged from the hospital on Dec. 2, 2015 and has spent months in rehabilitation where he continues to recover today.

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