AUSTIN - What if you could be trained to help save a life at the scene of an accident?
The St. David's hospital system is taking on that task in Austin. Close to 70 people signed up for Tuesday's "Stop the Bleed" class; prompting St. David's South to offer another opportunity on Thursday, August 31 from 4 to 6 p.m.
The skills taught in the class saved Austin Eddins' life in April of 2016. "I lost my leg on impact," he said. "I never actually hit the road. I bounced off the truck and right into a wrought-iron fence."
Eddins' life changed forever when he crested a hill and hit an 18-wheeler stretched across the road near his job at the Circuit of the Americas track.
"The thought went through my mind, 'There's no way you're gonna live through this', so I relaxed and made my peace and was ready to go see God," Eddins added.
As he and his motorcycle sat in the ditch, another driver saved his life.
"Somehow by the grace of God, Casey DeShay showed up and took off my belt and put it around my leg and stopped the bleeding," Eddins described.
The pair met a year later.
Eddins' doctor says he lost two and a half liters of blood before DeShay intervened. It's an action that allowed his medical team to put their patient on the road to recovery.
"It's fantastic," said Eddins' doctor Ernest Gonzalez. "It puts a big smile on your face to see him."
St. David's believes all bystanders have the potential to work wonders with the right training.
It's a new program called "Stop the Bleed" and it teaches everyday Austinites what to do when faced with tragedy.
"It could be an isolated event where an individual has a laceration when a window or a table broke or it could be a mass casualty event which has been the inspiration for starting "Stop the Bleed", coming out of the Boston event several years back," added Gonzalez.
Eddins has come a long way since becoming the very first patient at St. David's South Level II Trauma Center in April of 2016.
He hopes more people will learn the skills needed to change a victim's fate.
"Accidents are not gonna stop happening and people are still gonna continue to be as fragile as they always were," Eddins added. "So knowing what to do in that moment is crucial and something that everyone needs to know."
Click here for more information on "Stop the Bleed".
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