Kinney Noe and his daughter set out early on November 13, 2011.
He climbed a deer stand and moments later fell 20 feet . He landed feet first on a tree branch
"The wood was the size of a baseball bat through me, out the top of my back," Noe said.
Everything that happened after that Noe believes was part of a miracle.
“I’ve been given a second chance," he said.
Emergency responders are using Noe’s story as a training tool.
“I mean everything fell right into place to save to his life," said paramedic Dewey Cummins.
Noe’s daughter found him
A regular ambulance couldn’t reach Noe. Paramedics and EMT’s had to load everything onto to a 4-wheel-drive truck and then try to find him in the woods.
Cummins was the first paramedic on the scene.
"We worked together as a team. We knew what we had to do. We relied on our training," he said.
They stabilized him..loaded him onto the truck…then into an ambulance.
And drove him out to meet the helicopter. The Air Evac crew prepared Noe for the flight to Lexington’s UK trauma center.
Noe arrived in Lexington where a trauma team awaited. He was awake the entire time.
Doctor Brian Tucker was among the first to treat him.
"We had to cut the stick in half to remove it. It was a matter of controlling the bleeding. A lot of debris in his abdomen. Wood chips," he said
He had nearly no blood pressure when he arrived and was rushed into surgery. He would stay at UK hospital for months and his recovery lasted more than a year. Today….he’s a survivor and he simply calls what he went through..a miracle.
“You couldn’t put together all the things that happened and say it was a coincidence," Noe said.
He would never want to relive it but he knows his story could have a profound effect in helping others.