A Columbus teen had something specific in mind for about a dozen first responders who held her life in their hands after a terrifying car accident.
“I wanted to be able to meet everyone who helped save my life and thank them,” said 16-year-old Lynley Arnholt.
Arnholt traveled with her family Saturday to the Indianapolis Heliport for a reunion with dispatchers, police, and ground and air ambulance crews who were a part of her rescue after a Sept. 22 car-bus accident in Columbus.
It was an opportunity for her to meet them under less harrowing circumstances and to revisit what happened that day through their eyes.
Continuing a miraculous recovery, Arnholt has returned to her junior-year studies at Columbus East High School — although she misses school from time to time when daytime appointments are required with medical specialists in Indianapolis.
“I’m seeing doctors — a lot of doctors I’ve never seen before,” Arnholt said.
“Like an electrophysiologist (who treats abnormal heart rhythms), I’d never heard of that before,” she said.
But it had been the unidentified first responders that Arnholt wanted to personally thank, as she doesn’t remember the minutes leading up to the accident, the accident, or what happened when she was extricated from her vehicle and flown by LifeLine helicopter to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
For more on this story, see Wednesday’s Republic.