Officer Jacob Carlson

Officer Jacob Carlson was shot in the line of duty on May 6, 2018.

CHUCK AND MAYRA HEEMAN, CASPER

The quick action they took was amazing to see, and there aren’t enough words to thank the staff for saving my wife’s life.

On the morning of Sept. 27, I brought (my wife, Mayra) to the ER with chest pains. She had been having steady pain in her upper chest for a couple hours, the kind that one thinks of when one is having a heart attack. The ER staff got her in and checked immediately, and her EKG looked normal but the pain wouldn’t go away despite giving her pain killers through an IV. So the thought was that she may have a clot somewhere, and we waited for her to get a scan. They monitored her constantly into the early afternoon hours.

Then her EKG started “fluttering” and she went into having what they said was an “acute” heart attack. The staff was amazing; They jumped into action and had her in the cath lab almost immediately. Dr. Allan Wicks and Dr. Adrian Futcher took care of her, putting in four stents and finding some pretty significant arterial damage while they were in there. This was no real surprise as Mayra has a long family history of heart disease. She spent two more days – one in ICU and one in a regular room – and the entire staff was great, walking us through every step of what was happening and what to expect in the coming months. We never wanted for information and the staff was patient, friendly and professional. I know they deal with this stuff all the time but of course when it happens to you it’s a different thing, and they understood that as evident by their great treatment of Mayra.

Now she’s looking at a quadruple bypass, though her actual heart muscle seems to be in pretty good shape. We were so fortunate to already be in the ER when the attack happened or we might have been looking at a different outcome, according to Dr. Wicks. The quick action they took was amazing to see and there aren’t enough words to thank the staff for saving my wife’s life.

I just wanted to let you know that you work at a place with some pretty amazing people and Mayra and I appreciate you all much more than we can ever say!

Heather Beall, Casper

Huge Rave to Dr. (George) Carmen and staff at WMC. I had to take my sister in today and, as always, we were worried. The nurses got her through triage and in a room within 15 minutes of us getting there, and Dr. Carmen was in not too much later. He was definitely one of the nicest ED doctors that I've dealt with in a long, long time. His bedside manner was just phenomenal. He made my sister feel better and answered every question we had. Always hate going to the hospital, but great doctors and nurses like today make it a little less traumatic.

  • Posted Oct. 20, 2018

Shelley Leigh, Babe and Family

I want to thank each and every one of (the staff) for their lovely attitude. We travel a lot with our dog, and the people of Wyoming are the most dog friendly. People are more kind in Wyoming; they are more considerate. These are the bits of humanity that make life so pleasant.
Babe lies with Shelley Leigh of Montrose, Ala., at Wyoming Medical Center. (Provided photo)

A car crash on Sept. 4 separated Shelley Leigh from her beloved yellow lab, Babe, when she was life flighted to Wyoming Medical Center. But doctors and staff knew she needed her dog to help her heal. 

Read her and Babe's story here.