Father credits 6-year-old girl for sa...

Father credits 6-year-old girl for saving his life

There are 5 comments on the Palo Alto Daily News story from May 12, 2008, titled Father credits 6-year-old girl for saving his life. In it, Palo Alto Daily News reports that:

Burlingame native Reinold Jones had long been a daredevil with good luck. Over years of skateboarding, Jones had never broken a bone.
Burlingame native Reinold Jones had long been a daredevil with good luck. <br/> <br/>Over years of skateboarding, Jones had never broken a bone. Once he rammed into a truck on his motorized bike, bounced off and kept going. <br/> <br/>But this spring in Tonga, Jones' luck ran out on a Sunday outing with his daughter when he fell off his bicycle, fracturing his neck and breaking his jaw, nose, cheekbones and an eye socket. <br/> <br/>The 40-year-old man credits his survival to his 6-year-old daughter, Maggie, who got him to the hospital when no ambulance arrived. <br/> <br/>Back on the Peninsula for surgery at Stanford Hospital, Jones said this week that he doubts he would have lived had Maggie not been with him. <br/> <br/>"My daughter really went beyond," he said. "She saved my life." <br/> <br/>The accident occurred around 11 a.m. on Easter Sunday, when the pair set out for a ride past a Tongan graveyard on a waterside trail. Jones had just oiled and tuned up his bicycle, a single-speed mountain bike. <br/> <br/>The two had only gone about 100 yards when Jones hopped a curb, and his shock absorbers fell off, sending him toppling face-first to the ground below. <br/> <br/>"I couldn't move," Jones said. "The concrete was burning my face." The impact had split his face through his chin, lip and sinus cavity; his jaw and nose were broken and his neck was fractured. <br/> <br/>Jones thought he had only minutes left to live. <br/> <br/>"I said, 'Maggie, hold my hand. Always remember your daddy told you you're a winner,'" Jones said. <br/> <br/>Then he told her to try and find an ambulance. <br/> <br/>A few onlookers had come out of their houses and Maggie asked one of them to call an ambulance, Jones said. Then they waited. <br/> <br/>Jones was bleeding heavily and told his daughter they needed to get to a hospital soon. So Maggie stood by the side of the road and flagged down a red Toyota pick-up truck. <br/> <br/>"We drove to the hospital going 100 mph," Jones said. But when they got there, it became apparent he would again have to wait for a doctor who could treat him. <br/> <br/>Maggie called her mother, dialing her number from memory, and then started sobbing and calling out to doctors, Jones said. <br/> <br/>Eventually everyone in the waiting room began entreating a doctor to see him. <br/> <br/>"They were all saying 'faka ofa,' which means for the love, 'help this guy out,'" Jones said. Finally, around 7 p.m. doctors took him into the operating room where they pumped six units of blood into him, wired his jaw, stitched together his forehead and lip, and put him in a cervical collar. <br/> <br/>Jones knew he wanted to get additional medical treatment in the United States. But before boarding a plane he had to wait six days until he could drink liquids and wait for his just-renewed passport to arrive. <br/> <br/>Peace Corps volunteer Bethany Jacobs helped Jones chase down the delivery driver who brought Jones' passport on the same plane he soon left on. When Jones arrived in the Bay Area, he drove straight to Stanford's emergency room where doctors immediately operated on him. <br/> <br/>"They had to break my jaw again because it was healing wrong," he said. <br/> <br/>Dr. Samuel Most, chief of facial plastic surgery at Stanford Hospital, said it was unusual to operate on a patient several days after such a traumatic incident. <br/> <br/>"He had a neck fracture and significant facial injuries initially triaged in Tonga, but they didn't have the proper facilities to diagnose what was going on," Most said. <br/> <br/>Jones was lucky - an aneurysm undiscovered in Tonga did not lead to a stroke. <br/> <br/>"With his spine injury, he could have been paralyzed," Most said. <br/> <br/>Doctors are predicting a full recovery for Jones, who hopes to rejoin his family in Tonga within the next year. <br/> <br/>While Jones and his wife traditionally have been strict with Maggie and their 1-year-old son, Drew, recently they have become more lenient. <br/> <br/>"Normally I don't spoil her," he said. "But my wife now - she's buying her anything she asks for." <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/>E-mail Kristina Peterson at <br/> <br/>[email protected] <br/>
Emily Bion Wagman

United States

#1 May 17, 2008
I took care of Reinart while he was in his very difficult time. His family in Tonga was calling him every day. I talked with his wonderful wife and daughter a couple times. One day Maggie said to me in a very sweet angelic voice;"thank you for taking care of my daddy." I had tears in my eyes because of the way she was thanking me. She's a little angel and she loves his daddy very much!!! We are praying for Reinart's speedy recovery so he can be with his family soon.Please keep him in your prayers also. Thank you!!!
Ashutosh

United States

#2 Aug 27, 2008
Very Touching Story. I can understand the delay at Vaiola Hospital of Tonga.
King Ashu

United States

#3 Aug 27, 2008
The little she-warrior (maggie), I am very proud of her for saving my friend's life.
TheGravityofLivi nginEPA

San Francisco, CA

#4 Aug 27, 2008
It is so much better to click onto the PA Daily News web page and read a story like this than one where someone has just been hurt in some way. Maggie, I am sure your dad will be thanking you everyday for the rest of his life!
Christine

San Diego, CA

#5 Oct 19, 2012
Hi there. I found this posting regarding Reinhold (Ron) Jones. We were very close in high school, lost touch for many years and then reconnected through Facebook. He suddenly disappeared off facebook and many of us are wondering where he is and if he's ok.
Have you been in touch with him recently? I miss him and am concerned.
Thank you
I took care of Reinart while he was in his very difficult time. His family in Tonga was calling him every day. I talked with his wonderful wife and daughter a couple times. One day Maggie said to me in a very sweet angelic voice;"thank you for taking care of my daddy." I had tears in my eyes because of the way she was thanking me. She's a little angel and she loves his daddy very much!!! We are praying for Reinart's speedy recovery so he can be with his family soon.Please keep him in your prayers also. Thank you!!!
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