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I was desperate to be
with him, because I
didn't know if he was
going to make it."
- Amanda Repsher

CLASS NOTES
At Four-Year
Mark, Helicopter
Crash Victim
and Wife Reflect
on Life-Saving
Medical Care

A

By Debra Melani

manda Repsher vividly recalls watching
flight nurses load her husband on board
a helicopter. Less than two hours earlier,
his own crew's helicopter had crashed
during a failed takeoff, erupting into a
ball of flames and scorching nearly all of
Dave Repsher's body.

As a wife, Amanda found the irony chilling. As a critical care
nurse, she knew it could mean the difference between life and
death.
"When he got here, he was so critical, they rushed him from the
ED to the burn ICU," Amanda told Theresa Nino's Med-Surg II
class. "By the time he got up there, he had lost pulses in his
extremities."
Nino, MSN, CCRN, clinical instructor in the University of
Colorado College of Nursing, cared for Dave during his 397-day
stay in the UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital. The highly
publicized crash killed the pilot and injured another flight nurse.
Many things united in saving Dave's life since that July 3 day

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