Truman Duncan: The Miracle Man
After their investigation, Randall and Indre come together to discuss their conclusions.
Randall: [Truman] has become an inspiration to hundreds and thousands of people who work in as EMT's to tell them that, you know, anything is possible. Don't give up on anybody. And remember, that his survival involved a lot of things. It involved being dragged along by that railroad 50 feet, holding onto that iron bar. Given the size of that yard and they didn't know where he was, it should have taken them a lot longer to find Truman. If anything had happened in a different way or out of sequence or so many other, so many things that could have gone wrong, and by the odds, should have gone wrong.
Indre: On the other hand, the things that we've learned haven't seemed totally out of the ordinary for me. As soon as Dr. Smith saw Truman, he felt that it was a survivable injury. The fact that he didn't pass out made sense because there was no head trauma. And the fact that he didn't bleed out makes sense because they were using this procedure called permissive hypotension, which is sort of the newest and greatest way of treating that kind of blood loss. It seems like the power of modern medicine. I have a hard time calling this a miracle, but I was very much moved by the story of Truman.
Randall: I will call it a miracle, but it's important to me that we have agreed that Truman is this inspirational figure. He's inspired a lot of other people and he's inspiring us. And, that's almost a miracle that we agree.
Published on January 05, 2011