Orange Park, FL - Orange Park Medical Center is appealing the state’s decision to close its trauma center- welcome news to the patients that have received care there.
“Not only did they take care of me and they saved my life, it’s how they treated our family and our friends that were there. They’re like our second family,” says Mandarin resident Lorin Leuthold.
You may remember Leuthold’s story- he was hit while biking and left to die in a ditch off Phillips Highway.
“My pelvis was split in half- it was cracked in two places in the back, I had internal bleeding, my liver was damaged, my spleen was damaged, my kidneys were damaged,” he says.
Initially, his family didn’t want him sent there- but paramedics didn’t give them a choice because of the condition which he was found. Leuthold spent 28 days in intensive care at Orange Park, and he has been recovering ever since.
“I was knocking on heaven’s… I shouldn’t have made it, but I did,” he says.
When he learned the trauma center would be closing, he tells me he was devastated. He intends to help the center with their appeal in any way he can.
“They saved my life- I mean, what else could I ask for?”
The Florida Department of Health says the hospital didn’t meet all the requirements needed to maintain the trauma center. The center will be closed while the appeal is underway.