Mark Callaghan, class of 1986 at the University of Washington, was skiing in the Crystal Mountain backcountry in 2010 when he was caught in an avalanche. With a broken pelvis, dislocated hip, and lacerated liver, he needed help — and quickly.
Airlift Northwest rescued him from the mountain and flew him to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He spent a week in the ICU.
“The hardest part for me was when I woke up in the morning and my two boys, who were 8 and 10 at the time, showed up and I looked into their faces and realized I could have left them fatherless," he says.
Doctors and other medical providers at Harborview helped him heal, and soon he was on the road to recovery.
"I was able to get up and walk two days after surgery. Within three months I was walking. Within six months I was running. Within nine months I was skiing again. Ten years later, I’m as active as I’ve always been.”
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