Boy critically hurt in ATV crash thanks medics who saved his life

EUGENE, Ore. -- Nearly six months after he was critically injured in an ATV crash near Florence, 9-year-old Rylan Hamaker thanked the team of paramedics that helped save his life.

Rylan met with the emergency team from the Western Lane Ambulance District at their headquarters Wednesday and relived the crash that nearly took his life.

In mid-July the Hamaker's took a vacation in Florence. As they were getting ready to go back to San Diego, Rylan Hamaker wanted to take one last ride on his 4-wheeler quad. The boy said he was experienced with his ATV.

He said he generally straps on a helmet before going on a ride, however Rylan wasn't wearing one on July 12.

Hamaker crashed into a tree while riding the ATV just north of Florence. The team of paramedics arrived on-scene to find that Rylan had level 1 brain trauma, two partially collapsed lungs and a spleen injury.

The crew immediately started treating Rylan's injuries before he was airlifted to a Portland hospital for special care.

Family members say Rylan clung to life for weeks before he slowly began going through a 6-month recovery process.

Rylan still doesn't remember what happened.

Now back on his feet, Rylan said he's truly thankful for the quick action of the paramedics team.

He gets emotional talking about his crash, but said he won't give up riding his quads. He said the accident inspired him to become a doctor someday.