Jan 23, 2018, 07:00 AM
To lift the spirits of their critically injured 17-year-old patient, intensive care unit (ICU) nurses at Abrazo West Campus in Goodyear, Arizona, helped arrange a surprise hospital visit with his beloved horse, Roany.
Chance Britain was airlifted to Abrazo West Campus Level 1 trauma center following an accident in which he was ejected from his truck, suffering severe head trauma and other serious injuries. Since age 3, Chance has participated in rodeos. He has competed with Roany around the nation for nine years, winning several roping championships.
Abrazo West Campus ICU nurses, along with Chance’s parents and sister have been taking him outside for fresh air. During one of these occasions, Roany was waiting for him. His parents arranged for the horse to be transported more than 120 miles roundtrip from Casa Grande, Arizona, to Abrazo West Campus, but the reunion could not have happened without the nurses who took care of Chance.
“The nurses at Abrazo West Campus have gone above and beyond by helping us reunite Chance with Roany. They have hearts of gold,’’ said Jo Britain, Chance’s mom.
Chance moved to a rehabilitation hospital on Jan. 11, and his parents are hopeful that he will be able to ride Roany again someday.
“We’re taking care of patients as if they were our own family,” said Jerry Lawlor, director of the Abrazo West Campus ICU and Emergency Services. “It’s important to get close to patient’s family and friends because they are important to the patient’s recovery.”