It was a typical Monday for Roscoe Anderson. After giving a friend a ride, Roscoe headed home. He made a right turn onto Scott Street after looking both ways. The light was green, there was no lowered train crossing arm, and he heard no train whistle. Even so, a METRO train hit his truck along its length on the driver’s side.
Though he was in and out of consciousness, he knows EMTs cut the door off to remove him from the truck. He learned later he had a lacerated spleen, fractured vertebrae and ribs and air trapped between his lungs and chest cavity that would require an incision to release it.
“I could hear the cutters as they removed my door. It’s an awful sound,” he says. “Later, I heard the EMTs say they were taking me to Ben Taub. I woke up once to hear a doctor explain my care and woke up again in ICU.”
Roscoe was in ICU for two days and in the hospital another 11. “I don’t remember much about the ER and ICU, but I came back later to thank everyone. I also visited the nurses who cared for me in my room. I will never forget how they checked on me throughout the nights and how they made me so comfortable.
“You can always take me to Ben Taub. I felt they were there to help me with anything I needed. All the caregivers had stories, and they shared them with me.”
Roscoe is a wonderful listener who makes people want to share their stories. A retired roofer and deacon at South Park Baptist Church, he has taught two Bible studies each Wednesday at a nearby nursing home since 2001. “We started at Genesis 1:1, and now we’re well into the New Testament.”
Roscoe turns to Harris Health System for all his healthcare. He has great trust in his primary care physician, Dr. Salma Akbar at Martin Luther King Health Center. “I’m very happy with my care. I wouldn’t change a thing.”