Kudos to you OP.
I have a similar story...
Not that long ago I was coming out of the liquor store to get some fresh air because my boyfriend was taking so long to choose what he wanted to
I went outside to the parking lot near the entrance/exit and saw a bunch of people standing around on their cell phones... My first thought was "What
the heck is going on? Some kind of contest or something?"
But then I got a glance of an elderly man a few feet in front of me, laying on the ground. No one was coming to his aid, everyone was just
Since I am trained in first aid/CPR/defib I ran towards the man to check if he was conscious. As soon as I ran to help the man I became surrounded by
everyone on their cell phones. I looked at the man while checking his pulse and I couldn't find one... and he was turning purple.
My first thought was choking... So I immediately put him in the recovery position. Then a small, elderly lady appeared out of no where and was quietly
sobbing. I looked up, and asked if they were together... she only nodded yes. I asked if he has a history of medical problems and she said "stroke" I
picked out a woman from the crowd and advised her to console the woman and picked out a man to get a supervisor from the store and check if they have
a defib in there. All of a sudden The elderly man in recovery position started coughing. I was so relieved to hear that. I tried talking to the man
and console him, telling him what I was going to do. He was unconscious the whole time though. He was breathing, but shallow. He was still turning
purple. I was getting a little scared at that point. I kept one man with a cell phone with me to relay what was going on to 911 while we wait for
paramedics to arrive (because clearly more than one person has called, but only the one man stayed on the line with them).
The man stopped breathing again. I was ready to put him on his back and adjust him for CPR. As I was doing this THANK GOD the ambulance already came
into the parking lot. The man came out with a supervisor to tell me no one is certified for CPR/first aid and there is no defib. (what morons, I
thought it was the law to have ONE supervisor per shift who was certified)
While the medics get to him I explained what I did and found out, grabbed the mans wallet from his pocket and gave it to his wife.
My boyfriend came out looking for me, and finally found me on the ground with the man helping paramedics.
I got up, and just left after that.
I felt so many emotions go through me. Angry that no one had stepped up until I got to the man. Happy, thankful, and joyful that I was able to help
the man. Disturbed that the first thing people did was take pictures instead of calling 911.
But I would help anybody if they were in immediate life threatening danger. I would risk my life for another person's. Thats just how I am...
edit on 18/8/2011 by InnerTruths because: (no reason given)