Micah Andrews

Micah Andrews

I did a photo shoot in the St. Joseph Hospital and Medical Center’s Healing Gardens with Heather and Micah Andrews. What made this shoot so incredible was there story.

Heather and Micah were involved in a serious motor vehicle accident in August of 2010. Micah suffered a life threatening injury called occipitoatlantal dislocation. This is when the upper cervical spine becomes detached from the skull. In layperson terms it’s an internally decapitated. After his life saving surgery and months in the hospital Micah is doing well and is expected to fully recover.

While, I photographed Micah interacting with his mother he seemed so normal. He was like any other three year old boy with his mom. He showed little signs of trauma at all.

Micah life was saved due to a series of events that eventually gave Barrow Neurosurgeon Dr. Theodore a chance to operate. At the accident scene Heather stabilized Micah’s head and neck immediately after the accident. The first responders who treated him at the scene also stabilized him. Any movement of his head could have ended his life right there. It’s a testimony of excellence to our cities firefighters, paramedics and EMT’s.

Micah’s, Barrow neurosurgeon Dr. Nicholas Theodore performed the surgery and placed a titanium rod, wires and piece of Micah’s rib to reattach his head to his spine.

Andrew’s said, she is so grateful to Dr. Theodore and to have Micah alive and well.

I’m a Survivor

I'm A SurvivorPatty, is a 72 year old Peoria, Arizona women who raises her hands in jubilation. I’m a lung cancer survivor she proclaimed to the world. One of the perks of my corporate work in healthcare is witnessing life and continually being reminded how fragile life really is.

Barrow 50th Anniversary

Barrow 50th AnniversaryRobert Spetzler M.D., Director, Barrow Neurological institute’s. Photo for Barrow’s 50th Anniversary.

Dr. Spetzler is a world renowned neurosurgeon who’s time is limited. Lets face it, he’s saving lives. When our team got to the Barrow Tower nurses station at 6:15am there’s a sign on the wall. It’s there to wow you or intimidate you depending on your perspective. It said, total aneurisms removed by Dr. Spetzler. The running total was up to 5,970. We looked at the sign in awe and wonder.

With that said, we put on our surgical gown’s and preceded to the OR for set up.

I knew my assistant and I had to nail the lighting down before Dr. Spetzler arrived. He’s a no none guy, so I knew I had to be ready. I’ve photographed him before so I also knew I was only getting a couple of minutes at most. There’s no tweaking the lights when he is in front of the camera. Either you’re prepared or you’re not and if you’re not he’ll let you know it.

Sure enough the Dr. Spetzler walks into the room and before he say’s hello he say’s OK! There’s no dilly dallying. I smiled and chuckled in an expectent way. I’ll have you out of here in less then two minutes I said. I talked to him about what I was hoping for and asked, is this going to work for him. This usually begins a dialogue if their’s time for collaboration.

My goal was to have a dramatic portrait that should Dr. Spetzler confident and in control. The client wanted the monitor in the background and open space on the left side of the frame for copy.

The only surprise was when I first started shooting and I noticed Dr. Spetzler eyes are recessed deeper then my assistants. At fist I was concerned the shadows were gong to be to deep. Then his chin came up just enough to catch the light. No time to adjust. It’s a wrap!