Adam Campbell stands on the slopes Friday looking down the slope where his wife had just skied the final run when the snow gives way.
This leaves a dense patch of snow where it stands, but around the slide. The resulting avalanche rushed down the hill and swallowed Dr. Laura Kosakoski, a family physician who lives in Canmore, Alta.
Kosakoski, 32, was buried in the snow in the area of Mount Hector of Banff National Park. On the next day, he will die.
It took her husband and her nearly an hour to locate and clear the snow from his face. It took almost as long again to dig out the rest of his body.
“I fought hard to try to stay together,” Campbell said, speaking about the tragedy over the phone with CBC Calgary.
“But, you know, you do not have a choice really. You have to. And when we got him, we were able to get the rest of his face and still wrapped in. But we have to face and he looked blue.”
Campbell and his friends finally pulled Kosakoski of snow and wrapped with a jacket. Campbell pulled out one of his spare gloves to replace the one that she had lost when buried. They performed CPR and coordinated rescue.
Hope in hospital
Kosakoski brought near Highway 93, where the helicopter shuttled him to Banff and then the STARS air ambulance rushed him to Calgary.
Campbell said Kosakoski body temperature has dropped 24 C – hypothermia – but that doctors were able to gradually bring back the body temperature. his heart, which had stopped, started to pump.
There is hope.
“And at that moment he was taken from the OR and put in the ICU, and we were able to go and see him for the first time since his accident and then basically able to sit with him on the night was through until he was dead,” said Campbell.
A final call
He said he flatlined again that night, but they were turned back and everything looks positive. But the next day the doctor found her bowel had died – a turn of events “that are not compatible with life,” the doctor told him.
“And they only take blood transfusions and rest and just let her body slowly fades away.”
This Kosakoski mother, vacationed in Colombia at the time of the accident, was able to book a flight to Calgary, but still in the air when the doctor delivered the bad news.
Kosakoski held on. His heart continued to beat as her plane landed and his cell phone rings.
“Luckily she could … she answered the call and we were able to put him on the speakerphone to Laura’s ear, and he was able to say goodbye to his daughter before he flatlined,” Campbell said.
“So he could say one last thing before he left us, we are all so amazingly grateful.”
‘Kos is best buds’
Kosakoski is a young family doctor in Canmore, he has been a career after two years in the prestigious anesthesiology program at the University of Calgary.
Kosakoski, originally from Kamloops, before studying medicine at the University of British Columbia and has been a member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of both Alberta and British Columbia.
Campbell said the decision to work in Canmore, a small town with a family and not as a specialist in the city, is part of the Kosakoski is – caring and daring.
“It is very striking when these people come from various stages of his life, everyone will call him ‘Kos’ – they would say, Kos is the bud of the best, Kos is the bud of the best Every second person. Describes himself as best friends them, “said Campbell.
“He just has this way to listen unconditionally to the people and offer the most thoughtful support, and then the way he lives his life only by the amount of joy, and on her own terms to a large degree, he accomplished the remarkable thing.”
Campbell said he was outside grateful for the care she received in the last day, of the rescue crew to STARS to the staff at Foothills Hospital in Calgary.
“There is only love and dignity throughout the whole process.”
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