Acadian Ambulance Patient Finds New Lease on Life

Pictured L-R; Paramedic Malcolm Ribarin, Mr. & Mrs. Troy Mitchell, and Operations Supervisor Nick Tourney

What began as a routine day at work for welder Troy Mitchell in 2012 turned into a life-altering event.

“I was climbing up a ladder to work on a piece of metal when I suddenly felt the ladder move,” Mitchell, 63, said. “As I tried to catch my balance, the ladder gave under me, and I fell backward with the metal bar landing on my legs.

With severe injuries to his lower body, Mitchell began losing massive amounts of blood but never lost consciousness. “I knew I was hurt, but I had no idea just how bad,” he said.

Operations Supervisor Nick Tourney and Paramedic Malcolm Ribarin, arrived on the scene to see coworkers lifting the heavy object off Mitchell.

“I’d never seen anything like it,” Ribarin said. “The skin on Mr. Mitchell’s legs had been completely ripped off. It looked like something straight out of a horror movie.”

Tourney and Ribarin knew they had to transport Mitchell from New Iberia to Lafayette for immediate trauma care. “Lafayette General’s trauma unit was the place he needed to go, and with the amount of blood loss and exposed tissue he had, we needed to get him there fast,” Tourney said.