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News | June 3, 2024

BAMC trauma surgeon helps save gym patron

By Lori Newman

A Brooke Army Medical Center trauma surgeon was working out at the Jimmy Brought Fitness Center on Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston when something unexpected happened. The person on the treadmill in front of him collapsed.

“I was working the night trauma service and when I got off work, I went to the gym,” said Army Col. (Dr.) Chris Graybill. “I was on the treadmill and there was a gentleman in his late 60s who was in front of me. He was walking at a brisk pace and didn’t seem overly stressed. Then all a sudden he just stopped moving and the treadmill carried him backwards. He fell backwards and hit his head on my treadmill.”

Gym staff members Joseph Contreras and Jason Wylie quickly came to assist. U.S. Army veteran Darryl Aitch was wedged underneath the treadmill, so he had to be pulled out before Graybill and the gym staff could assess his condition.

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