Friday, November 29 2013, 06:10 PM MST
Doctor Saves the Life of His Own Brother
(KUTV) A horseback trip turns into a story of survival for two families in Wasatch County. About four years ago, Troy Berg and his brother Tod took their kids on a trip up into the Uintas.
They were riding horses through an area called Red Castle when Troy was thrown from his horse. "I was leading the group and I heard my daughter holler," said Doctor Tod Berg. "As I started back to see what was going on, she said, 'dad he is not moving'. When I go there he wasn't breathing. So I did some mouth-to-mouth for a while until he started breathing."
Doctor Berg is a family physician at the Heber Valley Medical Center. After he got his brother stabilized, he realized his brother's life was in danger. "I just put my finger in the back of his head and I could feel that he had a skull fracture in the back of his head. So I knew we were in serious trouble because we were a long ways in and the only way to get here is by horse or by foot."
Tod sent his daughter 12 miles back to the trailhead to get help. As they waited, the doctor did what he could to keep his brother alive. "He would have moments where he was okay and he had moments where he was really struggling. I didn’t think he would make it through the night, I really didn't."
A Life Flight helicopter flew Troy to Intermountain Medical Center. He would spend several weeks in the hospital. "Some of the things that were hard for me were, my speech," said Troy. "I couldn’t really say anything." Troy still struggles with speaking but aside from that, he is doing well. Troy says he is thankful for his brother and the rescuers who saved his life. "We were in the middle of nowhere. And I’m glad they got there because if not, it would have been a different day for me."
By Carla Roberts
(Copyright 2013 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)