Bob Schumann will never forget May 23, 2014.
He was traveling with his newlywed daughter, Miranda, and her family to Yellowstone National Park for vacation when a wind gust likely grabbed their trailer, threw it off I-70, and rolled it at 65 miles per hour. Schumann, his son-in-law and granddaughter all suffered serious injuries, but 26-year-old Miranda was killed on impact. “There are really no words, it was just a tragedy,” he said. “She lit up a room, she was such a delight to me.”
In two weeks, Schumann will again make the trip to Yellowstone to honor his daughter’s legacy on the one-year anniversary of her death. It will also be a time to reflect on the journey he has walked since the accident that claimed his daughter and nearly took his own life. “Ultimately, there would have been a tragic ending to my story, too, if it hadn’t been for Dr. Shay,” he said.
Scott Shay, MD and director of interventional neuroradiology at Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, saw Schumann after he was transported immediately to Denver and then to Penrose Hospital following the accident. “The doctor in Denver texted Dr. Shay to see if he could get me in right away, even though he had three surgeries already scheduled that day,” Schumann said. “He got me in and they sent me down to Colorado Springs right away. Penrose was clearly more up to date and could do so much more for me than they could in Denver.” Penrose-St. Francis provides 24/7 advanced stroke treatment and was named a certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. Penrose-St. Francis is part of Centura Health, the region’s leading healthcare network.
The impact of the accident had internally pounded 62-year-old Schumann’s brain and his entire vascular system. He was diagnosed with a pseudoaneurysm, which occurs when an injury causes blood to leak and pool outside an artery wall, forming a hematoma. Dr. Shay inserted a custom-made stent into Schumann’s neck via his femoral artery, which reduced his risk of hemorrhaging and needing to be on blood thinners for the rest of his life.
Schumann has been healing physically and emotionally and back to his active lifestyle, including mountain biking, hiking, and camping. He also hopes to go skydiving in honor of Miranda, who had taken her own jumps before she passed away. “I’ve been doing anything I can to help other people,” he said. “Her death has challenged me to make a difference in the lives of others, because that’s what she did.”