Paralyzed Archer City Paramedic Working on Ambulances Again

- Nearly two years ago, an Archer City paramedic was confined to a wheelchair. Pat Bryan was in an ambulance that was rushing a patient to United Regional when a car crashed into the vehicle.

For more than a year Pat Bryan has stayed in his office while Archer City EMT's headed to emergency calls. But now, Bryan is able to accompany his crew despite being confined to a wheelchair.

Friday he showed us how being a paraplegic is not stopping him from assisting on emergency calls.

Heading up the Archer City Ambulance service involves more than doing desk duty for Pat Bryan. In April 2012, injuries Bryan suffered in a crash near downtown Wichita Falls left him paralyzed. Later that year he returned to work and just last month, he upgraded his duties.

"Went before the council and showed them what I could do before I got back on the truck and everybody thought it was a good decision," Bryan says.

Bryan says as long as he's holding on to something for balance he can administer CPR and any other procedure needed to help a patient in distress. And Bryan says he demonstrated for Archer City councilors that he can handle the fast pace of the job.

"In all these practices I've had people bounce over curves, drive me 100 miles per hour just to make sure I was maintaining balance, that I wasn't a risk to myself or the patient," Bryan says.

And Bryan says it wasn't just council members who gave his return a thumbs up.

"All doctors, therapists, council, insurance, everybody signed off.. so I'm back," Bryan says.

Bryan says his demonstration for the council was on January 23rd and headed on his first emergency call a few days later. Because he can only work in the back of an ambulance, Bryan says he plans to only go on calls if there are two emergency calls at the same time, which he says is rare, and only then if he's part of a three man crew.

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