Above the Call: Motorcyclist loses leg in accident, HDSP nurse first at scene

Above the Call: Motorcyclist loses leg in accident, HDSP nurse first at scene

When High Desert State Prison Registered Nurse Teresa Smith was on her way to work May 24, she wasn’t expecting to help save a life. Smith was driving around 6:30 in the morning when she came across a major motorcycle accident. “I arrived a few minutes after the accident. I walked over a dismembered bleeding leg to a motorcycle rider lying on the highway by his bike. I shook the young man and asked if he was OK. He said, ‘My leg.'” The man was conscious so Smith reassured him and began taking steps to stop the bleeding.