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The Watson won’t soon forget Dec. 28, 2015. The family of five from Cardston were driving through the Crowsnest Pass to Fernie – with Dallas, Brianne and Amber in the backseats – when a car coming from the opposite direction lost control on black ice and hit their vehicle, head on. EMS was called and the family was taken to Cranbrook hospital by ambulance where it was determined Dallas and Brianne’s injuries were so serious, they needed the experts at the Alberta Children’s Hospital – the hospital Tonnia and Andrew have always supported through community fundraisers just in case their kids ever needed to use it.
While Dallas was flown with Cranbrooks’ HART Transport Team, Brianne was airlifted by the Alberta Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Critical Care Transport Team’s fixed wing airplane. When they arrived at the hospital, the teens were met by a team of specialists who determined the extent of their injuries – a fractured pelvis for Dallas and ruptured stomach, facial fractures and a broken back for Brianne. By 1 p.m. the next day, Brianne was amazed to wake up and learn she had already undergone two surgeries – one for her internal injuries and a reconstructive surgery on her face. Dr. Ryan Frank did such an exceptional job he didn’t need to use any metal plates. Today the teens are still recovering but are doing well. Dallas has to walk with crutches and Brianne must wear a brace, but their spirits are still intact! The whole family is grateful the hospital was there when they needed it and for the experts who made their difficult situation more bearable and saved their kids’ lives.
The Watsons always donated to the hospital but never expected to need to use it. They are so thankful it was there for their kids after being injured in a frightening crash. Now more than ever they know the importance of community donations that helped fund the transport team and surgery team who took such exceptional care of them.