As a freelance news photographer for the last 20 years, Scott Myers spent many hours on the ambulance bay of The Ginni and Richard Mithoff Trauma Center at Harris Health Ben Taub Hospital. Until 2010, he had never been inside the hospital.
On September 29, 2010, that all changed. Scott spent the afternoon cleaning his gun collection. His family owns a gun store, so weapon safety is part of his DNA. Yet, as he loaded his 12-gauge Winchester Defender, it slipped from his hands. Instinctively, he reached for it but grabbed the trigger instead. The gun fired. His first thought was, “I’m glad I didn’t shoot myself.”
But, he had. The bullet entered just below his left knee, breaking a bone, damaging some skin and muscle. He used a towel to stop the bleeding while calling a friend for help. Reluctant to call 911, Scott didn’t want to attract news crews. “I film TV. I didn’t want to be on the news,” he admits.
Taken to a nearby hospital, he was a patient for five days before doctors determined he needed specialized surgery and transferred him to Harris Health Ben Taub Hospital.
For the first time, he entered Ben Taub, once his professional home away from home. And his opinion of the hospital was extraordinarily good: “I was more impressed in the first 15 minutes at Ben Taub than in five days at the other hospital.”
Surgeons repaired Scott’s wound with muscle from the back of his leg and a skin graft from his thigh. He was in the hospital for 30 days while staff cared for him and initiated physical therapy. Once he was discharged, Scott graduated to a wheelchair, then a walker and, later, a cane.
“The folks at Ben Taub took great care of me. They explained everything. I had always heard it was the best place to go. I saw it first-hand. It is the place to go.”
Today, Scott is back on the ambulance bay at Ben Taub, camera in hand, waiting for the next big story. As long as it’s not his own.