A Matter of Life and Death

If you were shot in the heart and reached Parkland or Ben Taub Hospitals with visible life signs, you would almost certainly survive. Elsewhere in Texas, you would probably end up dead.

Tracy White, a Dallas contributor for Texas Monthly, was an auto-crash victim treated in Parkland Hospital’s Emergency Room several years ago. She remembers the experience well:

“We totaled our car in an eight-car collision on Stemmons Expressway. In shock, we were left with only our in­stincts and were totally dependent on the emergency care available. I re­member arguing, while the ambulance attendants watched, over who was hurt

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