For all of the hours Carey Thame, an intensive care unit nurse, spent on the entrance traces of New York’s COVID-19 battle, this was the thanks he obtained: He was shot within the abdomen after a fracas at a Brooklyn park, and ended up, of all locations, within the ICU.
“I didn’t anticipate any of that to occur, the truth that I sat there with a tube in my mouth, after what I’ve been doing for the previous few years,” Thame stated. “There’s no feeling prefer it, being in that state of affairs.”
Nonetheless, after what appeared like punishment for a thankless ordeal, Thame, 29, is approaching Thanksgiving with nothing however gratitude, feeling higher, and grateful to be alive.
“I really feel blessed. I might simply not be right here,” he stated.
“It’s life altering,” Thame added. ” I didn’t know if I’d stroll once more.”
Thame, who lives in Orlando and grew up in Queens, was taking a night stroll with mates on Aug. 30 once they have been accosted in Brooklyn Bridge Park after approaching a few ladies.
“Me and my pal have been listening to music on a speaker,” stated Thame. “There have been two ladies on a bench, me and my pal hyped them up.”
“Two guys got here up behind me and my pal,” Thame recalled. “They requested me a query that was rhetorical to get me to show round. They stated ‘Are you good?’ I stated ‘Yeah, I’m straight and I saved strolling’.”
Thame stated one of many males punched him within the face, however he didn’t go down. A pal ran again and helped Thame defend himself, and that’s when a knife got here out.
“The opposite man pulled out a gun, somewhat pistol, and simply fired. As quickly because the shot went off they ran,” Thame stated.
The 2 ladies took off with the boys they usually all jumped right into a cab collectively. One of many ladies dropped her mobile phone, Thame stated police have the telephone.
An NYPD spokesperson stated there had been no arrests and the investigation was ongoing.
The bullet that struck Thame handed by way of his arm, and landed in his stomach. Fortunately, one of many mates he was with additionally has medical coaching, and was capable of management the bleeding till first responders arrived.
“As a result of it [the bullet] went by way of my arm first it slowed it down,” Thame stated. “When it did pierce my stomach, it didn’t hit any arteries or veins, no main organs.”
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A surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital advised Thame how fortunate he was to have survived the capturing.
“He’s seen a whole lot of gunshot wounds,” Thame stated. “He advised me I used to be one of many blessed ones or the fortunate ones due to the place I obtained hit. I’ve seen a whole lot of these as effectively. I might have simply been shot in my again and be paralyzed proper now. I might mainly have a bag popping out of my abdomen.”
Thane spent 2020 and 2021 touring to COVID-19 hotspots throughout the nation, together with Elmhurst Hospital, one of many hardest-hit areas within the hardest-hit metropolis.
“New York is residence so for me it was coming residence,” Thane stated.
For the reason that capturing, Thane has been out of labor, however is hoping to return to the bedside quickly, treating sufferers as a substitute of being one.
“I’m completed with bodily remedy, I’m doing higher mentally, doing higher bodily,” stated Thame. “All the pieces’s getting higher, little by little.”
With Rocco Parascandola