Patient Returns To Thank The Doctors, Nurses and Others Who Saved His Life

Updated: 9/29/2011
Nurses, Doctors, and other staff with Nick upon his return to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit where he spent approximately five weeks after a snowboarding accident in February. (From Left to Right: Dr. Bree Kramer RN, Brian(Dad), Nick(Patient), Dr. Omar Al- Ibrahim, Laura Schiavi RN, Dave Vokes OTR/L, Anne Morrison)

Nick Ventura walked into Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo on September 2, 2011. Something that eight months ago was impossible.

Nick was transported to Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo by Mercy Flight in February 2011, critically injured and with a traumatic brain injury from a snowboarding accident while wearing a helmet. The Cleveland native spent approximately five weeks in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo receiving pediatric critical care.

Dr. Veetai Li, Chief, Neurosurgery, Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, performed the emergency surgery on Nick when he arrived immediately following his accident. During Nick’s most recent visit his dad, Brian, introduced Dr. Li to Nick and told him, “This guy saved your life.”

Dr. Li says of Nick, “Where he came from and where he is now, it’s just a remarkable recovery.”

The nurses, doctors, and other staff in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit where Nick had stayed, were excited to see the progress that he has made since leaving Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo at the end of March. Nick left the hospital in a wheel chair, not sure of his surroundings. He returned walking, talking, and telling the doctors and nurses that he is going to learn how to run again.

Nick’s Dad said as they were getting ready to leave Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo during their recent visit, “Now he has a memory of the great people that took care of him.” The people that took care of Nick, now have a memory of his personality and his determination to continue to get better.

Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo is ranked by US News & World Report in its special edition of "Best Children's Hospitals" published on August 30, 2011.  As two of the specialty areas within children's hospitals ranked nationally in this publication, Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo is among the best children's hospitals in Neurology/Neurosurgery and Cancer care.

Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, a Kaleida Health facility and teaching hospital for the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, is the regional center for comprehensive and state-of-the-art pediatric, neonatal, perinatal and obstetrical services in Western New York and beyond.