One family’s story of rescue
and relief By Claire Abbe
Vincent Todd was attending a summer camp with GMVS
at Mount Hood in 2008 when his mom, AnneMarie, received
the call. Vincent, then 18, had collided with a snowboarder
and had severe injuries, including multiple facial fractures and
a small skull fracture.
Vincent was evacuated from Mt. Hood to Legacy Emanuel
Hospital in Portland, Ore., for surgery to relieve the pressure in his
head. Because he was a member of Global Rescue, however, his
treatment would go much further. GMVS called Global Rescue,
whose specialists then called Emanuel to receive information on
Vincent’s condition before consulting with physicians at partner
John Hopkins, along with Global’s own physicians.
Vincent’s parents, meanwhile, were trying to get from New Jersey
to Portland as quickly as they could. Keeping track of Vincent’s
condition, Global Rescue called the Todds regularly as they made
the journey to see their son. While Vincent had the option of flying
home for surgery, there were concerns about travel because of
the broken bones in his face and the head trauma, Global’s team
advised the Todds.
When they finally arrived at Emanuel Hospital, the Todds —
with Global Rescue’s help — decided they wanted Vincent to
be treated in Portland and not be transported back to the East.
Vincent underwent surgery at Emanuel Hospital.
Vincent Todd (right) enjoys the 2010-2011 World Cup opener at Soelden with friend Tim Giebink, two years after a terrifying crash at Mount Hood.