Caleb Moore, Clay County's first Air Evac survivor, emerges from a helicopter with the help of Air Evac employees Susan Pearson and Keith Dwyer at Northview High School Friday afternoon. There, he was greeted by a crowd of his classmates and teachers, along with his parents, John and Kathryn Moore. Moore was badly injured in a two-car collision less than a mile from the Air Evac base six weeks before, on April 2.
His injuries included a shattered spleen, a collapsed lung, five broken ribs, a broken pelvis and internal bleeding. He received a blood transfusion and spent a week at Methodist Hospital. Moore's mother said he could have bled to death had it not been for Pearson, a nurse for Air Evac, coming upon the wreck on her way home from her shift. She skipped a few of the normal procedures and called Air Evac to come out immediately.
Moore, a senior, will get to graduate on time, thanks in part to a few teachers who went to his house and home-schooled him in the last month. He was in a wheelchair, but now is using a walker. He will need a couple more months of physical therapy, but "he's come a long way in six weeks," according to his mother.