College Station woman says “Stop the Bleed” knowledge saved her life

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) – Simply over one year earlier, Kirstie Karonka was mistakenly shot. She states life-saving methods offered her the opportunity to still live.

The College Station local states on March 13, 2020, she was shot when a member of the family was discharging his weapon. As quickly as that took place, she states her mom sprung to action.

“My family member was unloading his gun and it accidentally went off and shot me through the back,” stated Karonka. “It came out the front, and deflated my lung and I broke two ribs. There was a lot of bleeding, lots of blood, and if it wouldn’t have been for the EMS and them getting to me so quickly, I would not be here today.”

One huge part of Karonka’s care, she states, was that her mom right away started holding pressure on her injury once she understood what took place.

Karonka states she was transferred to Baylor Scott & White Health in College Station where Injury Director Ashley Kopech held her hand as she defended her life.

More than a year later on, and Karonka now makes it her objective to partner with Kopech and share understanding about the “Stop the Bleed” program.

“We want to go out and teach bystanders to be first responders until those first responders get there because somebody can bleed out in less than five minutes,” stated Kopech.

The Stop The Bleed effort assists prepare residents in case they witness a terrible occasion. Kopech states if you see somebody sustain a terrible injury, you require to call 9-1-1, undress the injury so you can see it, and start to use pressure till very first responders show up.

“If you see someone hurt, apply pressure and get that bleeding to calm down and it can save someone’s life,” stated Karonka.

Now that COVID-19 limitations concerning visitors in medical facilities have actually raised a bit, Karonka had the ability to go to the health center and thank the medical personnel who conserved her life.

“I’m almost back to 100% and it’s amazing,” stated Karonka. “If it would not have been for them telling me what to do and my mom helping me, I wouldn’t be here and I wouldn’t be smiling.”

It is stories like Karonka’s that Kopech states she wishes to continue see take place. She teaches Stop the Bleed training either personally or on Zoom. You can get in touch with Ashley at

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.