| Jul 30, 2015
The accident looked bad. Three cars had collided, and one was completely flipped in the nearby ditch. There were three victims. Two were in obvious pain, but the third was most frightening: completely unresponsive, the crash had thrown her across the pavement like a rag doll.
Thairy was the first emergency medical technician (EMT) on the scene. But today, instead of feeling anxious, Thairy felt confident.
Just weeks before, this would not have been the case.
In Cambodia, a country crippled by years of destruction from the Khmer Rouge, many emergency resources are underdeveloped. Poor resources may mean, instead of being immobilized and transported in an ambulance, a victim is strapped to the back of a motorcycle and rushed to a local hospital—risking serious, permanent damage.
When the accident happened, Thairy used his new training to take a leadership role and respond immediately. All three accident victims reached the hospital and recovered quickly.
Although Thairy’s team was better equipped than many others in the area, there were still gaps in their education. Tools like spineboards were also in short supply—a shortage that kept them from providing life-saving care when it was most critical.
Then a blessed encounter happened: Sarin, Thairy’s supervisor, attended an MTI-led EMS course hosted in his province. After just one day, he realized how much the training could improve his team’s skills—bringing a new level of safety to a community that depended on their ability to respond.
We were thrilled and immediately arranged training for his entire team. Over two months, the team’s skills grew immensely. We were also able to give them spineboards—the very tools Thairy used only weeks later to treat victims during the crash. Now, these passionate emergency responders have the resources they need to provide the absolute best care.
When Thairy arrived at the scene that day, he knew exactly what to do.
Immediately, he and his teammate identified and stabilized the two victims in critical condition. Using spineboards to immobilize each patient, Thairy was able to protect the victims from further injury—and possible death—as they were rushed to the hospital for treatment.
Six months ago—before your support reached Thairy and his team—this story could have ended very differently.
Because of your support, Thairy could respond during this crucial time. Instead of suffering from poor or outdated knowledge, these patients reached the hospital safely and recovered quickly.
This training—the training you provided—put life-saving knowledge into the hands of everyday heroes like Thairy and Sarin. One EMT at a time, your support is saving precious lives.
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