October 14, 2006

Positivity: High 5 Goes to Man Who Saved Neighbor Girl

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 7:02 am

In Bountiful, Utah:

October 6th, 2006 @ 2:35pm

A Bountiful man had a suprise wake-up call today on live television when he was the subject of our High Five segement on Eyewitness News Today. Because of his quick-thinking, a 12-year old girl is alive and recovering well from a scary accident.

We’re in the business of surprising people, and hopefully it’s a good one. On April 1st of this year, Joe Dalto got the surprise– no, shock– of his life.

Joe Dalto:”At one point I thought she might be dead– just looking at her, she might already be dead.”

Joe was in his driveway when he heard a scream come from up the street. 12-year old Jamie Vaughan was riding her non-motorized scooter down a hill when she came crashing down on the sidewalk below. She wasn’t wearing a helmet.

Jamie Vaughan: “I kind of remember going down, but I don’t remember hitting, and that’s about it.”

Joe is a quality manager for Lifeflight and has a background in nursing so he immediately checked on her breathing.

Joe Dalto: “So I stuck my fingers in her jaw and I moved her jaw. And then she took and then I heard a gasp and it was like, that was good. I knew that was good.”

Jamie was taken by Lifeflight to Primary Children’s Hospital where she spent the next month in recovery.

Linda Vaughan, Jamie’s mother: “The impact was all right here on her head– and she shattered all her face bones.”

The plastic surgeon said her broken facial bones were like the crumbled potato chips at the bottom of the bag.

Joe Dalto: “I was fearful at first about going to the hospital, worried that she might die, and I wouldn’t know what I would do if she did.”

Scott Vaughan, Jamie’s dad: “Well, basically they saved her life. Without Joe and the others that were there, she would have died– it was such a serious injury.”

Luckily, she did recover and now is doing fine, better than fine.

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