Metro Life Flight Saves Woman's Life — Twice
She was scared for her and for her baby. We tried to calm her down and did our thing. Her dad said, ‘Take care of my little girl again.’
Natalie Kelly credits Metro Life Flight with saving her life twice, as well as the life of her baby.
The 26-year-old Lorain woman went to an emergency room in Amherst in January with what she thought was a horrible cold. Tests and x-rays revealed she had pneumonia in both lungs, as well as sepsis. Complicating matters was the fact that Kelly was 13 weeks pregnant.
She was waiting to be transported to a hospital by ambulance when she went into a coughing attack. The physician on duty knew she needed life-saving care immediately and called Metro Life Flight.
“It was the fastest ride of my life,” Kelly said. “I was amazed by how calm they were and made me feel like everything was going to be all right.”
Her father was at the hospital with her. A recently retired firefighter, her dad knew Dr. Timothy Petrie, the physician on board.
“She was scared for her and for her baby,” said Flight Nurse Specialist Jeremy Bond. “We tried to calm her down and did our thing. Her dad said, ‘Take care of my little girl again.’”
The flight crew later learned it was not Kelly’s first ride on Metro Life Flight. She was born premature and went into respiratory distress. That time, she was flown by Metro Life Flight and spent two weeks in the hospital.
“I never thought I’d be back on Life Flight ever again. “But they were awesome. They are really an amazing team.”
Kelly was flown to University Hospitals’ main campus, where she was intubated and eventually stabilized.
She spent 18 days in the hospital and made a full recovery. She and her husband welcomed their son Henry on June 26.
“It’s touching to be part of it, knowing Life Flight took care of her when she was a baby and now we’re taking care of her and her baby,” Bond said. “It had come full circle.”
The MetroHealth System is redefining health care by going beyond medical treatment to improve the foundations of community health and well-being: affordable housing, a cleaner environment, economic opportunity and access to fresh food, convenient transportation, legal help and other services. The system strives to become as good at preventing disease as it is at treating it.
The system’s more than 600 doctors, 1,700 nurses and 7,800 employees go to work each day with a mission of service, to their patients and to the community. As Cuyahoga County’s safety-net health system, MetroHealth plays an essential role in the region, caring for anyone and everyone, regardless of an ability to pay.
Founded in 1837, MetroHealth operates four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. The system serves more than 300,000 patients, two-thirds of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.
MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center.
As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to research and to teaching and training tomorrow’s caregivers. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Lincoln-West School of Science & Health, the only high school in America located inside a hospital.
Knowing that good health is about much more than good medical care, MetroHealth has launched the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ (Health, Opportunity, Partnership, Empowerment), which uses a coordinated, collaborative and strategic approach to help patients with non-medical needs such as healthy food, stable housing and job training.
The MetroHealth Glick Center, a new 11-floor hospital, is under construction on the system’s main campus in Cleveland and is scheduled to welcome its first patients in October 2022. The billion-dollar project is the cornerstone of a wider neighborhood revitalization effort led by the system and its partners in the community.
For more information, visit metrohealth.org.