Bryan Joy’s story was told Sunday on The Weather Channel during an episode of the series “Storm Stories: The Next Chapter," which tells personal stories of people caught in extreme weather.
BAY COUNTY - Days before Hurricane Michael hit, Bryan Joy had to go the hospital.
The Marine veteran and entrepreneur had a ruptured intestine and was separated from his family since his wife Camille Chigi, who was active duty at Tyndall Air Force Base, was forced to evacuate.
His time at Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center in Panama City was “intense” since windows blew out and people were packed into the facility. Joy made it out okay and eventually made it to Pensacola after being airlifted out.
“That’s where my wife and I were reunited,” Joy said.
Their story was told Sunday on The Weather Channel during an episode of the series “Storm Stories: The Next Chapter," which tells personal stories of people caught in extreme weather.
“We hope it brings attention back to Panama City,” said Joy, who lives in Panama City Beach and reflected on the challenges the area faces more than 10 months later. “More needs to be done.”
A promotional video posted Aug. 21 on Twitter shows Chigi talking about the hard choice to evacuate while her husband was in the hospital, with Chigi saying she didn’t know if she could care for him in the car considering his wounds, stitches and medication.
“The hardest moment for me as a mom and wife was that moment when the car was packed," Chigi said in the video. "I basically looked at my kids and the car and thought I can either go see my husband in the hospital or I can get the kids out in the time and there wasn’t time for both."
Chigi evacuated to Alabama with their kids and was eight months pregnant at the time, eventually giving birth to their third child. As for Joy and his experiences, he said he and others were unsure if the hospital would hold up once they realized the storm was gaining strength as it headed to the Florida Panhandle.
He survived, though, and has been healthy ever since. He also called filming the series episode a “great experience.”
“It all worked out for the best,” Joy said.