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Living Proof

Accidents happen. When they do, our highly skilled professionals at MU Health Care's Frank L. Mitchell Jr., MD, Trauma Center are ready to provide lifesaving care for the most critically injured. Three trauma survivors share their stories and why they are “living proof” that MU’s Level I trauma center in Columbia saves lives. Click the links below to read their stories. #LivingProof

  • Ashley Ames
    Quincy, Illinois

    Ashley AmesIn August 2016, the water Ashley grew to love nearly took her life and left her two daughters without a mother.

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  • John Frazee
    Glasgow, Missouri

    John FrazeeIn one moment, John was in the water, trying to clean out and unclog an overflow pipe in a private fishing pond in Glasgow, Missouri. In the next moment, he was fighting for his life.

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  • Benjamin Metzger
    Richland, Missouri

    Benjamin MetzgerThe last thing Benjamin remembers is texting his girlfriend – right before he was involved in a motor vehicle crash that left him with lasting injuries.

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Why are trauma centers important?

Jacob Quick, MD, an acute care surgeon at University Hospital’s trauma center, defines and discusses trauma centers on Missouri Medical Focus. Click here to listen.


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