APRIL 20, 2105
Simple walk to a Lomansville man’s mailbox leads to nightmare ordeal that results with him in serious condition in a Huntington hospital…
by WADE QUEEN
An ordinary chore done usually once a day six days a week by many citizens of Lawrence County; and by millions across every county in America – walking to the mailbox – usually goes smoothly without any problems. But for one Lomansville man in Lawrence County, that chore – walking to a mailbox – instead turned into his most agonizing and excruciating moments of his life.
And it was caused by the simplest explanation: he tripped and fell – something that for the vast majority would leave anyone with nothing to suffer, or at most mild injuries.
On Saturday April 18, just after 2:30 PM Lawrence County E-911 received a call from 1432 Norris Fork Road in Lomansville requesting medical assistance for a male individual who had fallen in driveway and had suffered some sort of injury.
Netcare Ambulance Lawrence County responded to the residence. Upon examining the man, identified by family members as John Cade, age unavailable, that the EMTs determined Mr. Cade had suffered a very serious injury in his upper left leg, that Mr. Cade stated had happened when he was just simply walking to his mailbox and then suddenly tripped and fell in his driveway.
The Netcare Ambulance crew then requested further assistance from the Lowmansville Fire Department, which soon arrived on the scene.
Both emergency teams came to the conclusion Mr. Cade needed immediate evacuation to a major medical facility and that it was too far a trip by ambulance to Three Rivers Medical Center in Louisa or Paul B Hall Regional Medical Center in Paintsville.
Instead contact was made with Air Evac Lifeteam 116 out of Inez, Kentucky for an air medical evacuation. A landing zone was set at the Valero gas station (the old Happy Mart) adjacent from Dock’s Pizza on U.S. 23, where Netcare transported Mr. Cade to; where he was then loaded on the air ambulance helicopter at around 3:30 PM and was flown to St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington West Virginia.
John Cade’s family members stated that medical tests showed he had suffered a femoral fracture, a bone fracture that involves the femur.. The femur, or thigh bone, is the longest, heaviest, and strongest bone in the entire human body.
Mr. Cade was scheduled for surgery at St. Marys for 10 AM Sunday morning; where a rod was inserted in to rebuild his femur bone.
John Cade is now is in good condition and in normal recovery at St. Mary’s.