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Good Samaritan
updated: Feb 11, 2013, 5:33 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

I wanted to share my experience with a good Samaritan and possibly reach out to identify and thank him... On Wednesday morning around 9am I was skateboarding down Hope Ave on my way to work, and I had a very bad fall. Nearly unconscious after hitting my head hard on the pavement, I was struggling to scoot myself out of the road. A man I've never met in a white car must have seen what happened because he stopped and asked me if I was OK. Answering "I don't know," he must have taken that as a "no" because he insisted on giving me a ride either home or to the urgent care center. He grabbed my skateboard for me and helped me up. I could not see straight or feel my hands and my hearing sounded like I was underwater, and I could not keep my balance. My peripheral vision was blacked out, and there was the loudest ringing you could imagine in my head. I was so disoriented I did not know what to do, so I had him drive me just a couple blocks to my girlfriend's house up the street. He made sure to ask me several times if there was anyone home, pointing out that I should not be alone. In my daze, I never asked his name or anything... I'm not even sure if I thanked him properly. I don't remember what he looked like or what kind of car he drove besides the fact that it was white. My girlfriend drove me to Sansum Urgent Care where I got a CT scan, and I was immediately sent to the ER at Cottage Hospital where I spent the next 3 days in SICU with bleeding and swelling in my brain. After one additional day in a regular hospital room to ween me off all the drugs they had me on, I was released and am expected to make a full recovery - no brain damage and no cracked skull - lucky me (I'm pretty sure every single employee at Cottage Hospital gave me the helmet lecture, not to mention my girlfriend, boss, family members and even other patients.) Honestly, I would not have been able to walk the three blocks to my girlfriend's house myself and don't know what would have happened to me if this guy didn't stop to help me... I find it likely I would have collapsed in some comfy looking bushes and blacked out. Cottage Hospital took amazing care of me, and my wonderful girlfriend stayed by my side the whole time. I've gotten to thank everyone who very likely helped save my life with the exception of the good Samaritan in the white car. Thanks dude, your 5 minutes of selflessness went a lot further than you might have realized. If you're an edhat reader, get in touch so I can thank you properly... I could have died that day.


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