UC Davis Med Center: Copter Crash Survivors Recovering

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, August 7, 2008

Of the 13 people on the helicopter from Oregon to the Shasta Trinity National Forest, only one of the pilots and three fire fighters appear to have survived.  Co-pilot Bill Coultas went through three-and-a-half hours of surgery Thursday.  Dr. Tina Palmieri says he’s in critical but stable condition.
Palmieri: “He sustained burns to about a third of his body, and they are both second- and third-degree burns.” 
The other two patients are fire fighters Michael Brown and Jonathan Frohreich.  Dr. John Anderson says they’re both in good condition.
Anderson: “Mike’s burns are mostly to the face and he has multiple fractures to the face.  Jonathan has burns again to the face – and then the compression fractures are to his lower back.” 
A fourth survivor is being treated at a hospital in Redding.