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Send a card, grant a wish this holiday for young Air Methods patient

Dec 26, 2017, 14:58 PM by User Not Found
One of the youngest survivors of last month’s Sutherland Springs church shooting, who is also an Air Methods patient, is requesting holiday cards be sent to him this Christmas as he continues to recover from the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history.

Ryland Ward, age 5, was shot five times in the elbow, stomach and leg, and is having issues with his kidney and a shattered femur.

To help lift his spirits while he stays in the hospital for another six to eight weeks, Ryland has requested holiday cards be sent to him with $1 inside or pictures of children with their pets.

Air Methods leadership, who is also participating in the holiday card efforts, has asked that our teammates please consider sending a card to Ryland.

"We visited him in early December, and he was grinning," said Whitni Pryor, the Air Methods / San Antonio AirLIFE flight nurse who transported Ryland.

"The biggest thing for me is to see how brave and how strong he is. It's been a long five weeks for him, and I am super proud of him and the future he has ahead of him."

Also part of the flight crew who cared for and transported young Ryland was Ryan Smith, flight paramedic; Cody Jenkins, clinical base supervisor; and Jeff Picklesimer, pilot. Whitni recently wrote a letter describing Ryland’s condition and efforts, and she asks that we help grant his wish.