With a flight to Atlanta imminent, Archer, Louise and their family’s time at AtlantiCare was coming to an abrupt and hectic end. The Senft family’s departure from AtlantiCare in NJ felt the way everything at AtlantiCare had been: difficult and with many roadblocks but still grateful for Archer’s life and also buoyed by the relational power of friendship and connection helping pave the way to Atlanta. How did we get here, and where do we go now? All signs pointed to the Shepherd Center. Join Louise for this final episode of Season 2: Episode 25: On Eagle’s Wings and soar with her listening to a surprise video of children’s voices and a gratitude tribute to all EMS workers who rescued Archer off the beach and who executed his delicate transport to Georgia.
In this episode, you will hear excerpts from interviews with:
Chief Harry Back, former Sr. Lieutenant of the Cape May Beach patrol and current Chief of the Cape May Beach Patrol for the City of Cape May, NJ, who was first on the scene at the beach when Archer was injured. Harry and Louise speak about the logistics, coordination and hard work of getting a person with SCI stabilized and off the beach.
Mary Turner, LPN, a member of the Beach Club and a nurse who was on the beach the day Archer was injured. She and Louise talk about witnessing Archer’s injury and knowing the moment it was serious as his arm drifted in the tide.
Chief Alex Coulter, Chief of the Cape May Fire Department, Cape May, NJ, who called and coordinated the helicopter and paramedics to transport Archer off the island that day. He and Louise talk about the teamwork and logistics of transporting an injured person off a small geographical place where the largest landing pad is an elementary school parking playing field.
Will Hudson, a member of the Beach Club and a college student who was on the beach when Archer was injured. Will and Louise talk about the scene of Archer’s injury and his beautiful frolicking dolphin dive and the confusion that came in the moments after he dove.
Mabeth Hudson, Esq., a member of the Beach Club and Will’s mom, who heard about the injury from Will. She and Louise talk about the moment Archer was injured and what Will witnessed.
India Cochrane, a member of the Beach Club and a college student who was on the beach at the time Archer was injured with Chance Laufman and witnessed the EMTs trying to stabilize him. She and Louise talk about what it is like to witness accidents like that and how scary that can be.
Our theme music is Victoria Vox. Our sound effects are from freesound.org. Music in this episode is:
Placid Ambient by MusicLFiles
Emotional Piano Improvisation by Alexander Nakarada
Peppers Theme by Kevin MacLeod
This episode is sponsored by I C THAT — The Integrative Center for Trauma Healing, Advocacy and Transformation, the leading non-profit seeking to change the response to the trauma holistically. I C THAT provides A Multidisciplinary Family Support and Advocacy Team for Spinal Cord Injury families in the first 30 days of crisis, a National Registry of Unexpected SCI Recoveries, and a national conference The Science of Trauma: Hope for Trauma Healing. To donate and find out more about their annual conference, please visit www.ICTHAT.org.
Listen in afterwards to this week’s companion Trauma Healing Learnings episode for new understandings on trauma and tools to navigate your own trauma healing: Trauma Healing Learning 25: On Eagle’s Wings.
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