Eileen Shirk

Acapulco, Mexico to Toledo, OH

“I could have suffered permanent damage.”

One minute I was having a blast with my friends in Acapulco. The next I was lying unconscious on the side of the road after a truck hit our Jeep head-on.

I woke up in a crowded emergency room. No one spoke English. When they took me into surgery, I had no idea what they were going to do. It was terrifying. Afterwards, the medication wasn’t working and I was screaming out in agony.

A friend called my mom in Toledo and she made the call to MedjetAssist. My dad had a corporate membership through work and had recently added the family. When the medical team came rushing in, I just started crying. I was so overwhelmed with happiness. They identified the severity of my injuries and gave me adequate pain medication. I was moved to my home hospital, where my family, friends and the softest bed in the world were all waiting for me. The doctors in Mexico had missed a badly broken vertebra. Had I stayed there, I could have suffered permanent damage.

Every year, 50 million people are seriously injured in automobile accidents worldwide. Many of them are hundreds of miles from the best healthcare. I’ve completed two marathons since the crash in Mexico. I’m not sure I would have been able to accomplish that, had MedjetAssist not stepped in.

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