ER nurse honored for quick actions on behalf of BP agent - Tucson News Now

ER nurse honored for quick actions on behalf of BP agent

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The U.S. Border Patrol's Tucson Sector is honoring a local ER nurse for her quick thinking in helping an on-duty agent after he was involved in a serious auto accident.

Without her speedy actions, the agent could have been paralyzed from the waist down.

The ceremony begins this morning at 7:30 a.m. inside the Diamond Children's Lobby at UAMC. 

The story begins this past January, BP Agent James Grayson had been following a possible suspect vehicle, near Sells when he crashed his car in a ditch. He was transported to UAMC where he was initially diagnosed with a shoulder fracture and was set to be discharged from the hospital. 

This is where Emergency Room nurse Laura Rodriguez steps in - noting that Grayson kept mentioning pain in his back, even though previous tests showed nothing wrong with his spine. Rodriguez pushed for an additional CT scan, which revealed that Grayson had several fractured vertebrae.  He was operated on the following day and spent a week recovering at UAMC.  

Thanks to Rodriguez's persistence and quick thinking Grayson avoided the worst possible scenario - permanently paralyzed from the waist down. 

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