SGT (Ret.) Bradley Thomas, USA
Several Soldier medics from G Company, 232nd Medical Battalion, made split-second decisions recently that resulted in an extraordinary life-saving event. Pvt. Bradley Thomas awoke to the sound of his roommate, Spc. David Smart, in respiratory distress. Thomas knew his roommate was in a life-or death situation. Thomas notified fireguard Pfc. Amy Brown. The two assisted Smart, who was unresponsive. Brown then notified staff duty NCO Sgt. 1st Class James Jeane and contacted Emergency Medical Services. Jeane, assisted by Spc. Michelle Bryan, administered rescue breathing to Smart until Emergency Medical Services arrived. EMS transported Smart to Brooke Army Medical Center where he was given a 50 percent chance of survival. Throughout the initial 24-hour period, Smart's condition improved to stable, but critical. He was diagnosed with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, complicated by two strains of flu, as well as aspiration pneumonia. However, three weeks later, due to the immediate actions of his band of brothers and the BAMC staff, Smart was released from the hospital.
(Source: Capt. Ronnie Bigham, G Company,232nd Medical Battalion)
(Posted on Brad’s Caringbridge by David Smart)
Saturday June 12, 2010 10:59 AM, CDT
Hey Thomas, you are my biggest hero if it weren’t for you I would not be alive. I hope that I can help out in anyway that I can so that I can return the favor. 3 years ago you were my roommate at Fort Sam Houston Hospital when you found me unresponsive with no heartbeat and not breathing. Your quick actions gave me my life back and I owe my life to you. I’m not much of a writer after my coma any more I don’t have the attention span for it but I would like the chance to come visit you if that is possible. Please have someone let me know it would be good to see you buddy, God placed you in my life for a reason, you were my angel at a time that I could have never woken up to see my marriage and the other great things God has blessed me with. God Bless and I hope to see you soon….Love, Smart
David Smart Baldwinsville