EMS providers take children with special health care needs trick or treating

Texas EMS providers gave children with difficult health conditions and their families a safe and healthy trick or treating experience


FORT WORTH, Texas — Eden Brooks, 6, suffers from infantile metachromatic leukodystrophy, and the equipment she requires makes it difficult to go trick or treating.

"It's not really feasible for me to take her by myself because she requires so much equipment to make sure that she is safe," Beth Brooks, Eden's mother, told NBC-DFW.

EMS providers from two Texas EMS agencies decided to help children with special health care needs celebrate Halloween.

MedStar brought two children with complicated health conditions trick or treating using stretchers and ambulances, WFAA reported.

Providers from Coryell Memorial EMS decided to help a 5-year-old suffering from several respiratory problems, including an under-developed airway and vocal cord paralysis, KWTX reported.

The team had treated the girl, Amya Baucum, earlier in October when she had a seizure. On Oct. 31 they went back to bring her trick or treating.

"For us, this is just another way in serving our community. We're not just about going on 911 calls and taking care of people, and this is just an opportunity of taking care of a little girl on a good day instead of a bad day," Coryell Memorial EMS Chief Jeffrey Mincy said.

MedStar selected the two children by public vote. The second child was Savannah Mahan, 7, who suffers from congenital cytomegalovirus.

"These are memories the families have not had up until now, and may never have again," said Matt Zavadsky from MedStar.

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