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7/15/2016 Latest post:
My dad, Benjamin Harrell, 71 of Memphis, TN was driving his work van on the morning of April 14, 2016, when he started feeling dizzy and passed out and veered off the road and hit a tree. According to the police report, he was able to tell them that he must have passed out. Ambulance was called because he had apparent injuries to his right leg and was bleeding heavily. He was able to sit up on the stretcher and sign the citation. He was transported to St. Francis hospital in Bartlett where he received multiple X-rays and head scans. He was able to tell them he was in extreme pain and still felt dizzy. Then, everything seems to get fuzzy about how he came to be transferred to Regional One Health downtown to Trauma ICU. Apparently, his condition worsened because he was given 6 liters of blood and due to his injuries, St Francis felt he needed trauma care. When I finally arrived to Memphis to Regional One, I found dad on a ventilator and his leg was in contraction. Trauma docs said he had fractured his femur and had several broken bones in his right heel. He was given strong pain medication to keep him comfortable. It seemed as though he was in a coma, but he was not. Let me introduce myself...my name is Sonya Skaggs and I am Ben's daughter and I live in Beaver, Oklahoma. I am the only daughter of his 5 children. There is Ben Harrell, Jr of Eureka, KS, Tim Harrell of Cabot, AR, Nicholas Harrell of Killeen, TX ( Ft Hood) and Michael Harrell of Memphis.