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Video: Internal decapitation survivor meets rescuers

Rachel Bailey's skull was severed in a car accident

By FireRescue1 Staff

PHOENIX — An Ariz. woman has been able to thank the firefighters who saved her life after she suffered an internal decapitation during a car crash.

Rachel Bailey, 23, severed her skull from her spine during a car accident in Sept. last year, according to AZ Family. Without the swift action of the firefighters, Bailey could've died or suffered lifelong paralysis.

"You're the unsung heroes. I can't express enough gratitude," she told the group of firefighters when she visited their firehouse this week.

After the accident, Bailey spent a month in the ICU, but is recovering well. She is now able to walk and talk again, but she has no memory of about a five-week period around the time of the crash.

"It's emotional to see her and see her doing so well," Fire Capt. Wayde Kline said.

Capt. Kline was one of the firefighters who help Bailey at the site of the crash.

"As firefighters, we often see patients at their worst. This reminds us the people we take care of are someone's son, daughter, mother, or father," he said.

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Pete Gravell Pete Gravell Thursday, September 27, 2012 5:57:06 PM A truly GREAT Story!
Matthew Ingmire Matthew Ingmire Thursday, September 27, 2012 6:24:05 PM Beautiful girl and very very lucky.
Lynn Magnuson Lynn Magnuson Friday, September 28, 2012 6:46:22 PM Great story. I just put this one on Facebook with a comment: learn at least First Responder skills, including protecting C Spine. It saved this woman's life I'm sure, and most who are completely outside the EMS community don't realize just how fragile the human spine is, especially when injured.
Roy Gumpel Roy Gumpel Friday, September 28, 2012 6:52:12 PM right on fellas! nice job!
Christopher J. Weir Sr. Christopher J. Weir Sr. Monday, October 01, 2012 6:10:35 AM Great job PFD! Also a great job to Rachel for your determination and "can do and will do" spirit in your healing processes. You are an inspiration.
Jeff Allen Jeff Allen Tuesday, October 02, 2012 5:06:54 AM This story needs to be picked up on the national media. GREAT job.

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