Smiles Behind the Shield – Flight nurse Ben Hughes

Smiles Behind the Shield

Twelve-year-old Garrett McDaniel has come a long way from a two-month hospital stay after a car crash last August that took the life of his sister Emma.

“We were just having a good time, laughing and out of nowhere the car messes up and Emma screams.”

He doesn’t remember much after that but Ben Hughes does, he’s a flight nurse on Southflight and for the first time since the wreck, they meet at University Hospital.

It seems only appropriate it’s Garrett that gives Hughes the first “Smiles Behind the Shield” award recognizing the work he does every day.  “I can’t thank you enough for keeping me alive in August.”

Hughes boss says it might be cliché, but Hughes has a calling.  “But Ben really lives that he’s always taken that extra step and besides it being his patient he treats them as family,” says Tony Fleming Senior Manager.

That makes all the difference in the world for Mom Laci McDaniel “just knowing there are people with everyday jobs that are really the difference in life or death.”  Thankful for her son and for this month’s “Smiles Behind the Shield” honoree, flight nurse Ben Hughes.


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