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Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center Hosts 'Night of Recognition'

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© Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center 'Night of Recognition' held at the Morgantown Event Center © Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center 'Night of Recognition' held at the Morgantown Event Center
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Level one trauma centers provide the highest level of surgical care to patients. The Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center is one of 150 level one trauma centers in the United States.

On Thursday night, hundreds of people went to its 'Night of Recognition,' which honors patients who benefit from this care, and the physicians who provide it.

Meg Throckmorton is one of the patients that was honored at the event. In April 2012, when she was 16 years old, Throckmorton attempted a round off back handspring to prepare for a dance competition, when the unexpected happened.

"I'd done it a hundred times that day and I just, something went wrong," said Throckmorton. "So, I was transported by lifeflight to West Virginia, and I was there for about twelve days and I had a tracheotomy, and a diaphragmatic pacer, and I also had a pin put in my neck."

Throckmorton became a quadriplegic but can now breathe and walk on her own. Two years ago, that seemed impossible.

She wasn't the only one to make a recovery like this, or to be honored. And it was all because of the people who worked to help these patients recover.

"It's only through the efforts of each and every person contributing and doing their job on a daily basis that has allowed these fantastic, and sometimes miraculous, recoveries," said Alison Wilson, the Director of the Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center.

Throckmorton was honored, along with two other men who were injured in vehicle accidents.

Dozens of nurses, EMTs, and physicians, who helped them recover, were also on hand. Even Throckmorton's rehabilitation specialists from Atlanta made the trip to attend.

"I was very surprised that all my therapists had come all the way from Atlanta. I had no idea they were going to be here," Throckmorton said. "All my family knew, all my friends knew and they all kept it from me. So it was really great to see all of them here. I haven't seen them in a while."

There were also posters placed around the event center showing previous patients who were honored.