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Mark Reed, Trauma Patient Helping a firefighter

Rushed to ECMC after being crushed by a falling chimney while responding to a fire with his unit, Mark Reed was treated by 17 physicians and a highly coordinated team of nursing specialists and therapists over the course of 52 days at the medical center. Mark’s wife, Nancy, a registered nurse at another hospital, and his parents were at his side throughout his treatment.

After many surgeries and a seemingly miraculous recovery, doctors told his family members that Mark had no permanent brain injuries. Like his second family, Mark’s fellow firefighters were frequent visitors and strong supporters during his stay at ECMC. A 10–year veteran of the Buffalo Fire Department, Mark Reed is currently involved in community service.



Helping a firefighter

Guided by an ECMC Physical Therapist, firefighter Mark Reed participates in a rehabilitation session.


Helping a firefighter

Mark Reed and his fellow firefighters


Mark and Nancy Reed

“I felt that when I left him in trauma at night to go home, he was well cared for. I just got a sense of relief knowing he was getting the best care. I was allowed to just be my husband’s wife and nothing else.”

Nancy Reed

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