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TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER (July09,
12-year-old Garret Mullikin was on vacation with his family when he decided to ride his friend's new dirt bike. It was Garrett's first time on the bike and he lost control on a hill, crashing into a tree branch. The branch pierced Garret through his neck. Memorial Hermann Life Flight was immediately dispatched. At Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital, Pediatric Surgeon Dr. Richard Andrassy marveled at the 12- to 14-inch long branch the width of a broomstick-lodged in the child's neck. The NBC TODAY Show reported on the story, featuring Dr. Andrassy, Life Flight and Flight Nurse Tim Payne. Garret was broadcast live from his home with this mother at his side.