For many patients, a trip to the emergency department can be full of chaos and uncertainty. But not for motivational speaker Diana Nyad, who sees medical warriors and lifesavers.
“Every emergency room I’ve been in, I would say to myself, ‘If I went to war and I were lying on the ground in a triage situation in the jungle, that group that just dealt with me…that’s the group I want,’” she said.
Ms. Nyad is sure to inspire as the keynote speaker of ACEP16, when her opening session, set for 8 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 16, will tell her life story. In the 1970s, she was known for breaking long-distance swimming records. In 2013, at age 64, and on her fifth and final try, she fulfilled a lifetime dream by swimming 110 miles from Cuba to Florida.