Micki Scott upon her arrival back in Portland on June 7 (KATU News photo)
Micki Scott in the hospital (Courtesy Dan Scott)
Micki Scott before the accident (Courtesy Dan Scott)
PORTLAND, Ore. — A Portland woman who was seriously injured when a tree fell on her while she was eating dinner in Minnesota has returned to Oregon.
Micki Scott was dining with her husband at a restaurant on May 6 when the tree fell. She was hospitalized with a punctured lung, seven broken ribs and a fractured pelvis.
Immediately after the accident, the Scotts learned their insurance wouldn’t cover a flight back to Oregon. Micki’s friends and family set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for her trip back via private plane. They raised just over $26,000. Dan wanted to thank their local pizza shop, Roma’s Pizza, for raising about $5,500 during a fundraiser last week.
AMR, American Medical Response, learned about the situation and decided to help out. They were able to get creative with the cost to make it significantly cheaper for the Scotts to get back.
"Ben in our Air Ambulance side, the manager there, was able to figure out some innovate ways to get this patient taken care of," said Marc Kilman-Burnham, a spokesperson for AMR.
Micki and her husband, Dan Scott, flew back from Minnesota to Portland Wednesday. A critical care registered nurse and respiratory therapist were on board the flight as well.
"Glad to be here, dang right," said Dan about being back in Oregon. "Words can’t describe it, it was awesome, absolutely awesome."
Early Forster, a family friend who is also a paramedic with AMR, was there to help transport Micki to the new hospital when she landed.
"Welcome back to Portland," Forster said.
"Thank you, I am really really happy to be here,"said Micki.
While she was wheeled from the plane to the waiting ambulance, she gave the camera a thumbs-up and a wave. The ambulance took her to a specialty hospital as she continues to recover. Her husband says she’s doing better than expected.
"She is doing awesome. For what she’s been through, she is kicking butt," Dan said.
Back in Oregon, Dan says he will check on their 50 gallon fish tank they haven’t seen in a month. He says a neighbor was taking care of it for them. He will also put on a change of clothes — after all, he only packed for five days.