Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Nashville, TN 37232

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Meet Bryson

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Bryson Storey is a rambunctious 2-year-old who loves balls, trucks and his 11-year-old Uncle Jonah. He can say words like no, cat, mommy, daddy and grandpa. When he can't speak what he's thinking he'll use sign language, such as when he has to go potty.

But if an Angel hadn't saved Bryson the day he was born, his speech might have been more limited, or worse, he may have died.

Born at another local hospital, Bryson had to be transported to Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt after a neonatologist noticed tremors in his tiny pink hands, a sign of possible seizures. Bryson also had scored poorly on the newborn APGAR test (Activity, Pulse, Grimace, Appearance, and Respiration).

The doctor wanted him to go to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children's Hospital, the largest in Tennessee, to receive the care he needed. But time was precious. Seizures can come along after there is decreased blood flow or oxygen to the brain, which can lead to brain damage.

Children's Hospital's Angel Neonatal Transport Team was called to Maury Regional Medical Center to take Bryson to the NICU. The team carries specialized life-saving equipment, including a cooling cap that is placed on the infant's head to prevent brain damage due to lack of oxygen.

Bryson's grandfather, Scott Storey, who is director of EMS for Lawrence County, Tenn., knew how vital it was to have the expertise and equipment that the Angel team offered.

"They told us what was going on and what we could expect. They allowed us to have some time with him before they left, and they never were in a big panic or a big rush," said Storey.

Storey knew that the Angel team's efficiency and expertise was an example of what emergency responders were working toward across the state - better technology, fast and seamless service and compassion. As a first responder himself, he knew all too well the stakes at hand.

Angel consists of two transport teams that work 24 hours a day, every day, to provide safe and efficient transport for critically ill and premature newborns in need of critical care.

Each team includes a neonatal nurse practitioner, transport registered nurse, transport respiratory therapist and an emergency medical technician. All of the team members complete an in-depth course of classroom study and competency-based skills training. The team functions with the supervision of a neonatology fellow and a neonatologist.

"Bryson benefited from how the whole system worked," he said. "He is proof that what they are doing, all the emphasis, all the planning, all the efforts, is to better the outcomes of children's lives."

Bryson's first days in the NICU at Children's Hospital were "touch and go." His breathing was labored and irregular. Storey wasn't sure he would ever get to hold his grandson. But on Oct. 7 at 3:08 p.m., he finally got that chance, documenting it with his camera.

Storey said the staff in the NICU also helped the family get through the difficult period.

"It's the Disney World of healthcare," said Storey. "They always want to make you smile, always make you feel welcome. It made us feel so good to know they were there."

After about a month, Bryson got to go home.

"Now, he's into everything," Storey says with a chuckle when speaking about his 2-year-old grandson. "He could play with a ball all day long if you let him."

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