Waco: Badly injured paramedic faces more surgery this week

Rory Barros remains in ICU. (Courtesy photo)
Rory Barros remains in ICU. (Courtesy photo)(KWTX)
Published: Aug. 29, 2017 at 4:48 PM CDT
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East Texas Medical Center EMS paramedic Rory Barros, who was severely injured 10 days ago when a car veered off the road, struck him and pinned him against his ambulance remains in intensive care and faces more surgery this week.

Barros will undergo surgery Wednesday on his leg, hip and back where he sustained a large wound as the skin was ripped from his muscle.

Doctors will insert pins in a broken little finger, a broken foot and will amputate a severely damaged little toe.

Barros faces a long recovery, but he was able to sit up in a chair next to his hospital bed Tuesday for the first time since the accident.

Barros, 31, was critically injured early in the morning on Aug. 19 when a car veered off Loop 340 and struck and pinned him against his ambulance at the scene of an earlier accident.

The driver of the car that struck Barros, Alec Navas, 36 was arrested at the scene.

He was charged with intoxication assault on a public servant and driving with an invalid license and was later released on bond.

At the time of the accident, Barros was in his final week of training for his paramedic license.

East Texas Medical Center EMS Division Chief Dale Yates later revealed that Barros risked his own life to save his partner and police say they have, but won’t yet release, dashcam videos that appear to show Barros reaching to push his partner out of the way moments before impact.