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Natividad’s Trauma Center turns 1
The Californian - Salinas

Last spring, firefighters found Derek Van Patter, 43, of Santa Barbara, unconscious off Highway 1 in Big Sur. He had been in a motorcycle accident.

In April, John Walker of Aptos was bicycling with friends when he lost control of his bike, crashed and became paralyzed.

In both cases, each man was flown to the Level II Trauma Center at Natividad Medical Center in Salinas.

Walker was unable to move his arms or legs at the scene and at Natividad required surgery as a result of a cervical spine fracture and spinal cord injury.