NC family keeps son's memory alive through emergency contact cards
Updated: 07/15/2012 03:03 PM
By: McKinsey Harris
BESSEMER CITY, N.C.--"He had his cell phone with him, which he had plugged into his radio listening to music. His phone was gone, it was lost in the wreck,” said Donna Hovis, Andy's mom.
But with no cell phone, and no emergency contact card, Andy's parents didn't learn about the accident until four hours later, through a picture online.
"There was Andy's car cut apart, and we still hadn't received a call because when they ran his tag number they came out to the house and my whole family was at work, so it was five hours and 55 minutes before we made it to the hospital,” said Donna Hovis.
Had they known sooner, they would've been able to make it to the scene or the hospital and seen Andy while he was awake.
"We should've seen him and kissed him and told him we were there before all of the surgeries, because he never woke up after all the surgeries. He was on a vent," said Donna Hovis.
For emergency responders such as Mark Wright, who was at the scene of Andy's accident, a cell phone is an unreliable source for emergency contacts.
"I've seen a number of situations where you can't find the cell phone, the cell phone's damaged, probably half the situations, you don't find the cell phone till later,” said Wright, Assistant Chief at the Tryonata Fire Department.
That's why Mark Hovis says the A.N.D.Y. Card, just the old school paper and pen method of keeping emergency contacts, is helpful for the emergency responders. He hopes getting the cards out around the state, and eventually the country, will also help families, avoid experiencing a situation like theirs.
"It's not going to go dead. They may get bent up, may get discolored, but it's going to be there,” said Mark Hovis.
The Hovis' have already given out roughly 4,000 A.N.D.Y. Cards in the Gaston County area, but they need help connecting with groups and schools in other parts of the state, to get the cards out in those communities. If you'd like to help, go to A.N.D.Y. Card for more information.
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