Caide Neff stood Monday morning holding three bouquets of flowers outside the new Rural/Metro Medical Services training center in West Seneca. The 14-year-old and his mother were about to meet the three first responders who were credited with helping to save Caide after he was seriously injured while biking with a friend last May.
Caide recalled the accident – in detail.
“My friend bumped into the back of my bike tire, and I fell,” Caide said. “He flipped over me, and that’s when the right brake handle went into the right side of my stomach, and then my intestines came out.”
Caide’s mother, Jeanelle Martin, said she heard the sirens from the porch of their home about two blocks away from the intersection of Maple Grove and Electric avenues in Lackawanna.
“I never thought it was Caide,” she said. “But then my neighbor came running. His face was white, and I knew something was wrong. I ran with no shoes on, got to the scene and basically collapsed.”
First responders from the City of Lackawanna Fire Division and Rural/Metro treated Caide on the scene for a six-inch tear across his abdomen. They soaked a bandage in saline and covered his wound to try to keep his intenstines in place. Then they rushed him in an ambulance to Women & Children’s Hospital.
The seventh-grader ended up staying in Children’s intensive care unit for one month and underwent two surgeries, his mother said. His recovery continued at home under the supervision of home care nurses while he was being home-schooled. Caide also was nurtured by Honey, his pet Samoyed.
Today Caide is back on a new Mongoose bike, but it wasn’t easy. During the past year he lost 30 pounds.
“Basically he was healing from the inside out,” Martin recalled. She also noted that her son is now considering a career in emergency medicine.
Caide received emergency treatment from Rural/Metro field supervisor Jason Rutecki, paramedic Nicholas Akromas and emergency medical technician Carlina Barbero, who were among those honored Monday by Rural/Metro.
The ceremony was held in conjunction with National Emergency Medical Services Week. It also coincided with the opening of Rural/Metro’s training facility/education center on Clinton Street, where EMT Academy will launch eight-week sessions this fall, according to Sharon Hughes, the lead instructor. “EMT Academy is usually a longer course,” she said. “This is an intensive full-time session that offers hands-on experience in the ambulance as well the emergency room.”
In addition to EMT Academy, the center will offer instruction in CPR and International Trauma Life Support, a two-day standardized course taught worldwide.