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Travis Mills speaks on how to respond to traumatic situations

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Veteran and motivational speaker Travis Mills addressed hundreds of healthcare professionals in Mid-Michigan on Thursday on how to respond to traumatic situations.

The Vassar native lost all, or part of all four limbs during an explosion while serving in Afghanistan in 2012.

On Thursday he spoke to more than 300 doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals at the 2018 Region 3 Healthcare Coalition Trauma Symposium.

The event is geared at bringing all trauma care providers together and talking about how they can positively impact the most severely injured in the military.

"As far as what happened in Parkland, that's just awful and horrendous and I don't know how I would ever deal with that if it was my children at the school," Mills said.

Mills became a quadruple amputee while serving in Afghanistan after an IED went off. He calmly dealt with medics after the explosions and had this advice for the health professionals at the symposium.

"The best thing I can tell people is to stay calm, always try to remember that you have to be the one in charge of the situation when anything is going on like that. And try to ease the situation the best that you can to be on the outside looking in," Mills said.

Michael Smale is a flight nurse for Covenant Healthcare.

"We train every month, on a regular basis we prepare for that type of thing," Smale said.

Last week's double shooting on the campus of Central Michigan University was an example of how local health officials were ready.

"At our Midland center we're the nearest trauma center to that. So, had it had been a bigger event we would have seen a lot of patients from that," said Tom Wood, with Mid-Michigan Health.

The symposium took place at the Horizons Conference Center in Saginaw County.

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