Near-death experience inspires woman to become flight nurse

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A near-death, childhood tragedy is inspiring a young woman’s career goals to help others as a flight nurse.

“I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for them,” Anna Ellis told News 2.

The last time Ellis road with a Vanderbilt LifeFlight crew she was three years old.

Ellis’s grandfather accidentally ran over her with a riding lawnmower.

Anna Ellis
Anna Ellis

She underwent more than two dozen surgeries over a span of 15 years.

“I don’t have a knee cap so since I don’t have that muscle it’s hard getting around, so I make do with what I have,” Ellis explained.

The tragic accident has inspired Ellis to become a flight nurse herself.

“If my accident hadn’t have happened, I would have no clue what I wanted to do, so it’s kind of a blessing in disguise,” she said. “The main reason I wanted to go into nursing is to give back for everything that had been given to me and my family.”

On Saturday, Ellis had the opportunity to shadow her mentors and see the LifeFlight in a new light.

“It was awesome; it wasn’t what I expected, but just so much adrenaline. It was crazy,” she told News 2 after. “I learned a lot. I seen a lot and it’s awesome. I think this might be what I want to do.”

Ellis is in her first semester at Murray State University in Kentucky.

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