For the past 12 years I have been blessed to work for Vanderbilt LifeFlight as a Flight Coordinator, and for the past 3 years I have been blessed to be a photographer.
I met Allie through a friend when I mentioned that I was looking for a local girl to do a fun model session with. My hairdresser immediately thought of Allie, sent a text to her mom and before I knew it we were meeting up in Springfield one afternoon to have some fun. Here are a few from that session, if you have some time please check out the rest of the session here, it was AMAZING! https://noreen-nooner-1pl0.squarespace.com/blog/2013/5/19/time-for-me-to-shoot-for-funmeet-beautiful-allie
On July 27, 2013 I was working my 12 hour shift at LifeFlight and Allie was playing softball at our local park. I remember answering the phone at work and getting the request to fly a 14 year old girl from the ballpark in my local town. I didn't know it was Allie that had the cardiac arrest on the ball field. It wasn't until my cell phone rang while they were on the ground picking her up that I realized it was Allie. After spending some time at Vanderbilt. I am happy to report that our sweet Allie is alive and well and might I add Stunning as ever :)
I am also thrilled to announce that Cheatham County EMS along with Vanderbilt LifeFlight received the Star Of Life Award for Region 5.
Best save of my career.
Here is our story.....
On Saturday July 27, 2013 Allie jumped in the car with her family and headed to the East Cheatham ball field. It was a normal Saturday afternoon of ball games and hanging out with her family and teammates. It was Allie’s turn up to bat and after hitting the ball, the Sycamore High School freshman made it to third base when she went into sudden cardiac arrest. Allie, 14, stepped off the bag and fell into the arms of her father and coach, Sonny. Sonny told her “The ball is still alive get back up and get on the bag” it wasn’t until that moment that he realized something serious had happened and Allie needed help.
Sonny immediately yelled for someone to call 911 and called for his father, retired Cheatham county jail administrator Harris Nicholson, who was at the game cheering Allie on, to perform CPR. Sonny’s first goal was to get his dad to Allie because he knew CPR. After knowing his hands were on her, he gathered with his family and began to pray.
Within minutes emergency personnel from Cheatham County EMS were on the scene and had taken over care. They noted that Allie was apneic and pulseless they immediately took over CPR, prepared to place an airway and began to defibrillate. At that time a pulse was regained and she began to have spontaneous respirations. They quickly packaged her and transported her to Ashland City Medical Center while they waited for Vanderbilt LifeFlight to arrive to continue care.
Cheatham County EMS contacted Vanderbilt LifeFlight communication center and requested a helicopter be sent to transport and continue care to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. LifeFlight 1 was launched and quickly arrived and met with EMS to continue care to the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. Allie was packaged and loaded into the back of LifeFLight One and transferred to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.
As Allie was being flown by LifeFlight One, her family jumped in their vehicle and waited in the Emergency Department at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital for news. Lifeflight continued care, landed on the helipad at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and transferred care over the staff in the Emergency Department. Allie was then stabilized and admitted to the ICU.
The only side effect Allie had during her stay at Vanderbilt was short term memory loss. Her sister, Taylor, said that the memory loss actually turned into some fun family moments. Everytime someone came into the room at the hospital to visit, Allie would make up a new story on why she was in the hospital. Although they spent some time reminding Allie what had happened, they were so grateful she was alive.
As a result of the incident, Allie now has an ICD, implantable cardioverter defibrillator, placed in her chest. The small battery powered device is programmed to detect cardiac arrhythmia and correct it by delivering a brief electrical impulse to the heart. Since Allie has two sisters, they also decided to undergo some testing to make sure they were healthy and had no heart issues. That’s when McKinleigh , Allie’s younger sister was diagnosed with PDA and underwent surgery a few months later. Allie’s mom Terri said it feels like it was a blessing in disguise and she is so grateful to have all of her children well. Allie’s family believes that her recovery is not only attributed to the power of prayer but how the EMS system came together and worked perfectly. From Allie’s grandfather starting early CPR, to the EMS crews quick arrival to defibrillate and intubate, to the quick flight to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital with LifeFlight the system worked and Allie is alive today. Allie’s grandmother who was also present and helped her husband with CPR said it perfectly. “The Lord put everybody in the right place at the right time to care for Allie that night”
~ God has perfect timing, never early and never late, and it takes a little patience and a lot of faith
And yes I am already planning our next session...I mean really look at her :)