Wednesday's Child: Daniel

By: Nicole Morten Email
By: Nicole Morten Email

The sky is the limit when you're a teen chasing your dreams.

"You get into this field because you want to help people,” said PHI Medic DJ Capener.

And when you're a go-getter like Daniel, he knows his options are endless.

“We get to help people and make a difference, especially during emergencies when we get to fly them to different parts of Texas so quickly,” Capener added.

Daniel is 17-years-old and told us he's strongly thinking about joining the military, or possibly pursuing a career in the medical field. With that career path in mind, we decided to spend an afternoon with the brave PHI flight medic team at St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan.

Although Daniel is shy at first, once he hopped in the chopper; he lit up and the questions started flowing. Daniel will be a senior next year; and for the last several years he's been running track and playing basketball at school in Central Texas. He and his four siblings were placed in foster care in 2008; many of his siblings have been adopted; but Daniel remains hopeful he'll one day find a forever family.

Daniel would thrive in a family who will accept him with open arms, support his dreams and goals, and one who will be engaged in his life every step of the way.

And although at this point, he may not pursue a career in the pilot seat; he says he just might join the ranks in saving lives with his new friends DJ Capener, Captain Shawn Connelly and Nathan Morris.

"Yea, I don’t know if I could do the whole flying thing, (laughs), but I could definitely see myself in the backseat!,” said Daniel.

If you’d like more information on Daniel, you can contact his social worker, Charles at

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