A Team Effort to Defeat Traumatic Injury

A Team Effort to Defeat Traumatic Injury

For Michigan Center senior student athlete Roger Hayward, being part of a sports team was a way of life. But on December 6, 2018, sports were the last thing on his mind. A horrific car crash left Roger in critical condition. He was transported to the Henry Ford Allegiance Emergency Department where a team of Level II Trauma surgeons, specialists and nurses were ready for him.

Roger’s multiple injuries included a ruptured aorta (the heart’s main artery) and a tear in his superior vena cava (one of the body’s major veins). He also had a collapsed lung, a broken collar bone, four broken ribs and a ruptured spleen. Once the trauma team was confident Roger was stable, another team of specialists went to work to address his other injuries.

After his ordeal, Roger was anxious to return to the playing field and was thrilled to be cleared for basketball. After graduation, Roger plans to pursue the education he’ll need to join another team—a surgical team. He wants to become an anesthesiologist.

Watch Roger’s story in the video above.