Over 40 medical professionals at Wesley recognized during ceremony for saving man’s life


More than 40 hospital employees were honored Thursday at Wesley Medical Center for their role in saving the life of Ian Barnett this past summer. 

Barnett, along with his mother, were welcomed back to Wesley on Thursday for a ceremony recognizing the care team that saved Barnett’s life. 

According to hospital officials, Ian was working and spraying weeds with a boom from a truck in Butler County this past summer when the truck was hit by another vehicle. Barnett suffered a life-threatening chest injury and nearly died. 

Butler County EMS arrived to the scene first and immediately called Eagle Med to transport Barnett to Wesley. There the trauma team worked quickly to save Barnett’s life and implemented ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation). ECMO is a treatment that uses a pump to circulate blood through an artificial lung back into the bloodstream of a patient. 

After Barnett’s initial ECMO treatment, he was transported to INTEGRIS Health in Oklahoma City. 

Barnett has now fully recovered, after many months of treatment. 

“I just finished pt on Halloween and now I’m just back to usual activities at home,” said Barnett. “Just trying to piece my life back together as fast as I can.”

A team of more than 40 medical professionals worked together to save Barnett’s life, and today they were awarded with Wesley’s first ever team DAISY Award. 

“It’s crazy, I don’t remember nearly that many people working on me,” said Barnett. “It’s just amazing to see everybody here together.”

Doctors, nurses, directors, managers, respiratory therapists, lab techs, Butler EMS and the Eagle Med pilot were all included in Thursday’s award ceremony.

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