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He's a Survivor: May 4, 2011

It's no reality show, but if it were, Dan Meyer's life might read like a survivor script. As a teenager he became a trauma victim, beating the odds in his recovery. He is a survivor and has the scars to prove it, after nearly dying in a car wreck 6 years ago. Dan says that he was rear-ended by a drunk driver at a stoplight and that his head wounds were extensive. He says that he flatlined twice, once on the way to the hospital and once after he was in the hospital but they were able to revive him.

Statistically the odds of Dan's survival went up because he was within close proximity of a level two-trauma center. This meant that he could get in what's come to be called: the golden hour.

Lee Memorial Health System Trauma Surgeon, Dr. Robert O'Connor tells us that 60 minutes of critical time that the patient needs to be transported within and cared for within that first Golden hour to have the best outcome. Dan was airlifted to Lee Memorial, this trauma center serves all of southwest Florida and having this facility here gives the opportunity to literally five counties to get that kind of care. Now a 22-year-old college student, planning his wedding, Dan is not only surviving. He's thriving.

Dan adds that after something like that you kind of have to figure out who you are all over again and the trauma center was there when he needed it.