ANCHORAGE (KTUU) One Alaska family is thanking an air ambulance agency for the survival of their son, who was critically injured last year.
L to R: Wendy Taylor, Lane Taylor, Brian Anderson (Lane's uncle) and Rick Taylor.
LifeMed Alaska has been serving the state for 10 years with 28,000 flights and 53,000 ground transports.
The air ambulance provides 24/7 critical care, and for the Taylor family, they said it was a big reason for why their son, Lane is alive today.
May 31, 2017 is a day the Taylor family will never forget. Wendy and Rick's son, Lane, was in a horrific dirt bike crash in Jim Creek.
His injuries were so severe, the family credits the quick response by LifeMed Alaska for saving him. Brian Anderson was one of the first to respond to the scene, but on that day, Anderson wasn't just a flight nurse, he was also Lane's uncle.
"I got the call from my wife telling me that we needed to respond to Lane who was my nephew," said Anderson, still emotional and fighting back tears.
Not knowing the type of injury his nephew sustained, all Anderson knew was that they needed to get there and fast.
"We got out of the helicopter, my partner and I and went over and Lane was not moving," Anderson said.
Lane spent a total of 4 months in the hospital. He doesn't remember anything from the day of the accident, only that his uncle was a big part of saving his life.
"He was the one person I didn't want to see at work, but unfortunately I had to see him at work," said Lane.
Lane's parents, Wendy and Rick were also grateful it was Brian who responded to the call on that unforgettable day.
"He was going to do everything in his power with Lane, we know how much he loves him. Life wouldn't be the same if they wouldn't have been there that day," said Wendy.
"Watching them work was mind blowing how professional they were, how Brian could put his feelings aside for his nephew," said Rick.
Despite a long journey of healing and a grim outlook from doctors after the accident, Lane's made a full recovery. The Taylor family has LifeMed Alaska's phone number stored in every phone they have.
LifeMed Alaska offers a family membership program for that covers medically necessary air or ground transport. More information can be found on their website.