Emergency situations are not unfamiliar to Brittney Johnson and Lyndley Corley. That’s because Brittney is a registered nurse in Mercy Emergency Department (ED) and Lyndley is a registered nurse, and ED coordinator for Case Management. But in 2014, both women’s emergency medicine skills were needed beyond the hospital.
After working a 12-hour shift at Mercy Medical Center, Lyndley was driving home at 1 a.m. when she came upon the scene of what appeared to be a very serious accident. Lyndley stopped to see if she could help. She was able to climb into the back seat with the children, assessed medical conditions, and held one of the children until EMS arrived. Another bystander held the second child. Lyndley handed the child to EMS personnel before climbing out of the car.
Brittney regularly makes a 45-minute commute from her home in Medina to her job at Mercy Medical Center. Last December, during her drive south on Interstate 77 near White Pond Drive, Brittney watched a small two-door Sedan lose control, slam into the median strip, spin 180 degrees and hit the car behind it. The car window was shattered, and she says the driver, Rick Swindell, was losing a lot of blood. Brittney used her sweater to apply compression and slow his bleeding. She stayed with him until the paramedics arrived. Rick was taken to a hospital in Akron, where he spent two days after receiving 40 stapes and 20 stitches. He was so appreciative of Brittney’s efforts that he called the hospital and was put in contact with Steve Baker, administrative shift manager at Mercy Medical Center.
Rick says Brittney was an angel sent from heaven that day. “If it wasn’t for her unselfish act, I might have bled to death,” he says. “She stood outside in 20-degree weather and kept direct pressure on my head until the EMS squad showed up. Not all angels have wings. Some wear scrubs.”