A Night for Heroes 2013: Nothing's going to break his stride

When Sam Bellett woke up that dark summer morning, his future couldn’t have been much brighter. He had just turned 16 and was a week away from starting his junior year in a rigorous academic program at Mandarin High School. He had recently earned a spot on the cross-country team and was on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouts. At about 6:15 a.m. Aug. 18, 201... [More]

After motorcycle crash, Jacksonville man wants to help others the way he was helped at Shands Jacksonville

Published: October 10, 2012

Category: Rehabilitation Services, TraumaOne

Matt Giannini doesn't remember what caused his motorcycle to go off A.C. Skinner Parkway that August night in 2010, and the police report gives no indication. He doesn't remember his motorcycle hitting the first tree, throwing him into the air and then his head, in a helmet, ramming into the second tree. Giannini, now 25, remembers coming to in a wooded area and hearing the cars on the nearby ro... [More]

Clay County boy is alive thanks to mother's intuition and TraumaOne

Published: February 6, 2012

Category: Surgery, TraumaOne

Jacob Fulford is living proof of the power of a mother’s intuition. After falling off his bike, the 12-year-old Clay County boy was cleared at the scene, but his mother Peggy knew something wasn’t right. After taking him to a hospital in Orange Park, Jacob was air lifted to TraumaOne at Shands Jacksonville and treated in the hospital twice for a traumatic brain injury. If she had let him sleep through the night, he might not be here today. [More]

TraumaOne saves girl after ATV accident

Published: January 28, 2011

Category: Surgery, TraumaOne

It was late in the evening on Father's Day 2009 when Larry and Sharon Davis got the call every parent fears—their 21-year-old daughter, Ashley, had been in a terrible accident and was being flown to the trauma center at Shands Jacksonville with life-threatening injuries. [More]