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Nov 17, 2021

Bereaved Family Says “Thank You” to Doctor Who Responded to Accident

A doctor is being praised for the heroic work she did at an accident scene last week. Doctor Sloane Gill was on her way to Belmopan when she encountered the crash scene.  She immediately sprang into action as other medics were on their way. Unfortunately, a married couple passed away as a result of their injuries.  Despite their grief, this week relatives of the deceased obtained an image from the accident showing the doctor, whose name they didn’t know, assisting on the scene. They posted the image to Facebook in hopes of finding the doctor to offer her their gratitude. News Five’s Paul Lopez reports.


Paul Lopez, Reporting

Dr. Sloane Gill was one of the first people to respond to a car accident on side of the highway last week.


Sloane Gill

Dr. Sloane Gill, Lead Doctor, Cleopatra White

“I work in Belize City and I was heading home to Belmopan and I was not supposed to be at work up until that time that I was here. But everything happens for a reason. I believe that God is in control, a hundred percent.”


This image shows Dr. Gill attending to the passengers inside a van. The image was posted on Facebook by Norman Dueck.


Norman Dueck

Norman Dueck, Relative of Accident Victim

“Our family went through a very tragic time, but at the same time, some of the survivors that we have, they knew that we had a doctor, we had several doctors, two Belizean doctors and two tourist doctors that was on the scene helping first responders to save lives. And we had no idea who these doctors were, but I had a picture and I figured you know what, maybe somebody will be able to help me find this doctor.”


Dueck lost his brother-in-law Andres, and Andres’ wife, Martha in the accident. Six others, including children, were also in the van at the time.


Dr. Sloane Gill 

“You kind of have to gather yourself, it is people we are dealing with. It is not a broken bicycle or toy, it is a person’s life. So, every decision that is made, every movement that is made, every moment that passes by, is really a deciding factor on the outcome of these persons. It is through being able to make decisions in the moment, and to keep the calm. Not only persons involved or in pain, they are also in shock, and you have the persons coming to help, you know. We need to help, we need to help. I am like, calm down let’s do this the right way. Not because they are bleeding do we just aggressively grab them and move them, it doesn’t work that way.”


Dr. Gill saw Dueck’s post and responded offering her condolences.


Norman Dueck

“We are extremely grateful as a family. Dr. Gill exemplifies what we all want to be. Dr. Gill stayed there for hours, literally for hours until the last person was out of the ambulance. And then going home bloodied and muddied. So we are just extraordinarily grateful for her. And, the situation could have been worse. She is what we aspire to be.”


Dr. Sloane Gill

“I do what I do because it is what I was called to do. This is what I was created to do. It is not about me. It is not about the job. It is about people and it is about lives. It is about having at chance at survival, you know.”


Reporting for News Five, I am Paul Lopez.

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