This holiday season, remember that none of us ever really knows when we’ll need to be rushed to a trauma center – doing something we’ve done hundreds of times before, when suddenly things go sideways. No one knows this better than San Jose resident Danielle Burks…
At 27 years old and in top physical condition, Danielle Burks was a fitness trainer and high school strength and conditioning coach. Then, suddenly, the unthinkable happened. “It happened in the blink of an eye,” Danielle recalls, when she was working out at the San Jose gym she co-manages with her mother.
“I was doing an advanced pull-up and I somehow fell off the bar and was completely airborne, about eight feet high. The next thing I knew, I was on the ground. I had fallen flat on my back. I instantly felt I was paralyzed from the waist down.”
Paramedics rushed Danielle to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center’s Level 1 Trauma Center, one of the Valley’s busiest emergency departments. She was diagnosed with a badly broken vertebrae and massive pressure on her spinal cord. After eight hours of surgery, Danielle woke up in the Trauma Intensive Care Unit and was able to wriggle the toes on her right foot. She remembers, “I was able to do it. Not a lot, but I could feel it. I knew I was going to be okay.”
This is the kind of expert trauma care you can rely on from Valley Medical Center. VMC’s Trauma Center is the only Level I facility in San Jose, the highest level awarded. The Trauma Center responds to multiple trauma alerts every day and is available 24/7 for the care of injured patients.
Wherever your family receives its health care, we’re here for those unforeseen medical emergencies that only VMC is prepared to handle. Rest assured, you’d be in the very best of hands … just when you’d need it the most.
Please make a year-end gift to support the hospital that any one of us may need in the blink of an eye.
Update on Danielle’s treatment and recovery…
Danielle spent many days in VMC’s Trauma ICU, specialized Rehabilitation Trauma Unit – the only one of its kind in the nation – and the general Rehabilitation Center. After three weeks, she was able to leave VMC. She says, “They helped me reach my goals to get home as quickly as possible.”
Today, Danielle is able to do nearly everything she did before her injury. She’s back to working out and coaching high school students. You can watch a video of Danielle’s progress here.
Please join Danielle in supporting Valley Medical Center by making a year-end donation today.