West: Cannon emergency workers pull a miracle

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Vanderbilt calls him a miracle....

That’s the short version of a nerve-wracking series of events that happened recently in Woodbury.
A young man, the son of Onteya Graves, lapsed into a coma but the people of Cannon County came to his rescue.
“There was a lot of people who worked fast to save him. Melissa and Chris acted so swiftly to get the paramedics there and the paramedics rushed him to the hospital where a helicopter was landing to fly him to Nashville,” she said.

Onteya, after receiving word of his dire condition, was rushing to Stones River Hospital and was pulled over by a police officer.

“All I told him it was an emergency and he jumped back in his car and led me to the hospital,” she said.
“There was a woman, a nurse in the ER, who kept me from falling apart.”

“I don’t know any of these people’s names, but I have to thank them for all they did.”

The miracle work continued at Vanderbilt Hospital.

“Everything they did saved his life and God intervened to make sure he had no permanent damage,” Onteya said.
“He’s out of the coma and he’s up and out. He’s fine. The people at Vanderbilt call him a miracle.”

It was the people of Cannon County, the nurses, the paramedics, the police that made the difference and saved his life.

The above instance is an example of what makes the people of Cannon County better than most.

Instead of asking a million questions or dodging responsibility, those emergency workers just jumped in and did what needed to be done to save that young man’s life.

Nor will you see them rushing forward to take credit for their quick, thoughtful action.

Wham...and it was done and another life was saved.
It’s tough to find a correct term or name for Cannon County’s attitude toward helping others, but there are countless examples both large and small.

The above case of emergency personnel rushing to save a young man’s life is one example of how this community works. But many smaller “kindnesses” are manifest as well. The other day, I had lunch at a Woodbury restaurant and being a klutz I managed to drop two dollars on the floor. Most folks would have kept those couple of bucks without saying anything, but not in Woodbury. The finder searched me down to return those two rumpled up bills.


That’s Woodbury for you.

Another example of Cannon County at its finest is the new Cannon Outreach and Thrift Store. It’s an all-volunteer effort with the proceeds going toward community programs.The fact that all of the clothes offered for sale are ironed and freshly washed just shows how our community operates.

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