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January 29, 2013

Alert athletic trainer saves hockey player's life

METHUEN, Mass. —  

An alert trainer and critical care nurse is being credited with saving the life of a high school hockey player who sustained a severed artery when his wrist was cut by the skate of an opposing player.

Janielle Martin, 30, sprang from her spot on the bench – even while action continued – when she noticed blood dripping from Brady Barron’s hand. Besides the artery, the Metheum varsity player suffered damaged to 12 tendons and several nerves in his wrist.

“He was skating towards the box, which was normal, but I saw two drops of blood, and I knew it wasn’t a nosebleed,” said Martin, who doubles as an ER nurse. “Something kicked in and I jumped on the ice.”

Only a few feet away, Martin got to Barron, elevated his arm, pressed his wrist, and tried to keep him calm. She sent for towels to compress the cut and slow the bleeding. Soon others with medical experience rushed to his rescue.

Doctors at Children’s Hospital in Lawrence, Mass., told Barron and his father, Scott Barron, that the severed artery would have given him two minutes to live if nothing had been done.

But Martin’s quick response and the pressure she and others applied to Brady Barron’s wrist helped stop the bleeding. Doctors at Children’s found the cut artery clotted.

Barron, 16,  faces a little more than two weeks of healing before starting a painful and difficult rehabilitation. It will be six to nine months before much of the lost feeling in his hand returns. Doctors are hopeful he will not need another surgery.

 

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Details for this story were provided by The Eale-Tibune in North Andover, Mass.

 

 

 

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