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Rescate Coordinates a Dramatic Mountain Rescue
When a person walked into the Rescate building on a quiet March morning and reported that a climber had fallen and sustained injuries Jessy Guerrero, Comandante of the Rescate de San Carlos, knew that he had a big challenge and a long day ahead of him. The injured climber had fallen 10 to 12 feet, hit his head, lost consciousness, was unable to walk and was experiencing hip pain. The injured man was a very experienced climber and was with three equally accomplished climbers, but he was high up on a mountain and the average age of the climbers was 70 years old.
Fully aware of the complexity of the task ahead of him, Jessy knew that he and the Rescate team would need specialized assistance and supplies before heading into the canyon for the trip up the mountain. Within approximately half an hour, he had called in the San Carlos police and the Guaymas fire department's specialized mountain rescue team and had, with the assistance of the Rescate EMTs, gathered food, water, ropes, pulleys, a rescue basket to carry the patient and other necessary supplies. Once all the preparations were complete, Jessy and the Rescate ambulance driver, Felizardo Miranda Valencia, set off in an ambulance accompanied by a police four-wheel-drive vehicle, a fire department all-terrain vehicle and a large team of rescuers.
Once they reached the canyon, the rescuers had to abandon the ambulance and carried on as far as possible with the other two vehicles to a point where one of the climbers, who had come back down the mountain, met them to guide them up. Six people stayed at the trail head with the injured man's wife, and eight first responders, guided by the climber, headed up the mountain. The final portion of the climb to the patient was too difficult and dangerous for most people, so only the two trained mountain rescuers carried on with the rescue basket to the injured man and his friends. Once they arrived at the patient, they relayed medical information to Jessy, who gave them the okay to bring the man back to the spot where he and the other first responders were waiting. Jessy determined that the patient was in medical shock and needed to be stabilized and returned to San Carlos as soon as possible. Once he was stable enough to move, he was carried down the mountain by his friends, where Jessy loaded him into the police four-wheel-drive vehicle and headed directly to the Rescate treatment center. Dr. José Canale, who was on call that day, met them at the center when they arrived sometime after 6 pm. After a thorough examination Dr. Canale determined that there were no serious injuries and allowed the patient to go home - a happy ending to an eleven hour adventure.
When Jessy tells this story, he tells it as a tale of remarkable coordination, cooperation and heroism. Downplaying his own role as coordinator, translator and EMT, he applauds everyone involved in the rescue for the part they played, including the injured climber's friends who were such an enormous help and the patient's wife for her role in relaying messages via telephone where service was spotty.
San Carlos residents and visitors are incredibly fortunate to have such exceptional rescue and medical services available. Please remember to show your support and appreciation whenever and however you can!
Rescate Saves a Little Boy
A five-year-old boy from Obregon is alive today thanks to a dramatic rescue by Rescate at the San Carlos Plaza hotel. Jessy Guerrero, Comandante of Rescate de San Carlos, received a phone call one summer morning from an employee at the San Carlos Plaza Hotel reporting that a child was drowning in their swimming pool. The employee was very shaken and could not provide any further details, so Jessy immediately jumped in an ambulance and drove as quickly as possible to the scene. Upon arrival he grabbed a medical bag and ran through the hotel lobby to the pool area, leaving the gurney and other details to his colleagues.
When he emerged into the pool area, he encountered about 200 people – all of the hotel staff and guests – watching, crying and praying over a man administering CPR to a young boy. When the man confirmed that he had done CPR but had not administered any breaths, Jessy grabbed an “ambu bag” (a hand-held device that seals around the patient’s nose and mouth and provides air to patients who are not breathing) and provided several breaths to the child. After approximately 20 seconds of treatment with the ambu bag the child, to the extreme relief of everyone there, started coughing and then crying.
Although Jessy was also elated that the child had regained consciousness and started to breathe, he continued to be concerned about his medical situation, as the crying was escalating and the child had not expelled any water, which can indicate a continued risk. The Rescate staff put the boy on the gurney and hurried him to the ambulance where Jessy performed further evaluation. One of the neurological tests involved squeezing the boy’s feet to see if he could feel it, and Jessy was thrilled when the boy kicked him and yelled at him to stop squeezing his feet – not only did he have feeling in his legs, but he was fully conscious and aware. Further good news followed when Jessy found the boy’s oxygen level to be much higher than expected. Given that the patient was stable enough to transport, Jessy took him directly to a doctor’s office for further evaluation and treatment.
Later that day the boy’s mother came to the Rescate office to thank Jessy, “the angel who had saved her boy” after three minutes under water and ten minutes of CPR. While Jessy credits the bystander who applied CPR and team work for saving the child, he is also thrilled to have been successful in saving the boy’s life. He states that days like this make it all worthwhile: “This why we are here, we exist to save lives, can you imagine San Carlos without Rescate?”
The little boy from Obregon would not have survived the wait for a Red Cross ambulance from Guaymas. He owes his life to Rescate de San Carlos and those who support it.
An Amazing Rescate Gold Card Story
On a recent Sunday morning a San Carlos resident suffered a broken hip and was taken by Rescate ambulance to a hospital in Guaymas. If this had happened in Canada or the United States - or even in San Carlos – the ambulance portion of the story would end here.
This particular patient, while medically unlucky, was very fortunate to be a Rescate Gold Card Member so his story does not end here. The patient’s doctor in San Carlos learned that the patient wanted to be airlifted home to the United States and, because the patient is a Gold Card Member, the doctor called Jessy Guerrero, Comandante of Rescate de San Carlos, at home (this was a Sunday morning, remember) and asked him to assist. Jessy went to the hospital and assisted the man with phone calls to his relative in the United States as well as communications with his insurance company regarding arrangements for the air transport.
Early Monday morning Jessy received a phone call at home from the medivac company indicating that their jet would be landing in Guaymas at 10 am and asking for Jessy’s assistance. Jessy went back to the hospital and assisted the patient with communications and with settling the hospital bill. He and a colleague then transported the injured man to the Guaymas airport by ambulance and ensured that he was safely transferred to the airplane.
The benefits of Rescate Gold Card Membership are not always obvious until we need help. This story illustrates the caring and professional service that accompanies your Membership.
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