Denver Health Paramedics Reunite With Burn Survivor
June 21, 2019
"It was the worst day of my life, ever, that you could imagine," Ketchum told CBS Denver.
Denver Health Paramedic Angela Rice and Denver Health Paramedic Division Lt. Dennis Baker helped pull Ketchum from the fiery wreck that day. The 38-year-old credits them with saving her life.
Ketchum lost both legs and an arm, but has made a remarkable recovery since then. Recently, she reunited with Rice and Lt. Baker at Arrowhead Golf Course in Littleton. It was a unique event for both Ketchum and the paramedics.
“It is a special moment when you get to see a patient who was so severely burned and injured doing as well as Jaime is now,” said Julie Arellano, a paramedic field captain who was also there for the reunion. “It was extraordinary to hear her optimism and outlook on life, and really helped to remind us that our work does matter.”
“Hopefully, if someone else is going through something terrible and having their worst day, you know, I can help make them see it will get better,” Ketchum told CBS Denver.
Ketchum will throw out the first pitch at the Colorado Rockies game on July 15.
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