Bob’s No Frills owner suf­fered a brain aneurysm — and sur­vived

‘I would have never been able to tell any­one im­por­tant … that I loved them’

The Hamilton Spectator - - BUSINESS - BURLING­TON POST

Love and live to the fullest, urges Bob Nedelko, owner of Bob’s No Frills on Brant Street.

Just a lit­tle over a year ago, the now 50-year-old suf­fered a brain aneurysm and if it weren’t for the quick ac­tion of a We­ston bread truck driver, paramedics and the ex­per­tise at Hamil­ton Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal, he might not be here to­day. He is for­ever changed. “I came to the re­al­iza­tion that I would have never been able to tell any­one im­por­tant to me that I loved them, or that I would not have been able to say good­bye,” said Nedelko, whose grand­fa­ther died from a brain aneurysm.

It be­gan with a sear­ing pain in his head.

“I had gone to open my store and I was hav­ing a con­ver­sa­tion with the gen­tle­man (Ken) who was de­liv­er­ing bread. The pain came out of nowhere and I blacked out.”

The bread truck driver per­formed CPR un­til paramedics ar­rived and rushed Nedelko to HGH, which is the re­gional Neu­ro­sur­gi­cal Centre for south cen­tral On­tario.

“It af­fected me both phys­i­cally and men­tally,” said Nedelko, who was off work for six months. “I lost sig­nif­i­cant weight and at the be­gin­ning of my re­cov­ery, just walk­ing on my own was a task.

“My short-term mem­ory was di­min­ished,” Nedelko said. “I would re­peat­edly thank the same per­son for vis­it­ing me in the hos­pi­tal think­ing that they just ar­rived be­cause when they would be out of my field of vi­sion and reap­pear, I was con­vinced that they had just ar­rived.”

He said he also had dif­fi­culty judg­ing spa­ces be­tween ob­jects.

Want­ing to give back to the hos­pi­tal that saved his life, Nedelko agreed to be­come a pa­tient am­bas­sador for the up­com­ing HGH sev­enth an­nual Strides for the Gen­eral on Satur­day, Sept. 16 at Bayfront Park in Hamil­ton. The event in­cludes a 5K walk as well as timed 5K and 10K runs.

“The care I re­ceived was sec­ond to none. I would like to say that Hamil­ton Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal is a world class hos­pi­tal.”

As an am­bas­sador, he is work­ing to raise aware­ness of the great work be­ing done at the HGH; he notes that the re­gional stroke and neu­ro­sur­gi­cal centre serves a pop­u­la­tion of 2.3 mil­lion peo­ple.

“They need com­mu­nity sup­port. Donors fund 100 per cent of the equip­ment used to di­ag­nose, treat and care for pa­tients. I agreed to take the po­si­tion be­cause the Gen­eral saved my life. I want to pay it for­ward.”

Nedelko will be walk­ing in the event with some of his No Frills staff. Strides for the Gen­eral in­cludes a com­pli­men­tary lunch and break­fast, live mu­sic, medals, swag bags and prizes for top fundrais­ers and fin­ish­ers.

Nedelko is grate­ful to ev­ery­one who was in­stru­men­tal in sav­ing his life, and to his fam­ily — wife Deb and step­son Gar­rett — and friends for their vis­its and care.

“I want to thank all my cus­tomers for their well wishes and gen­uine con­cern about my health. I want to thank God for giv­ing me an­other chance at life.”

Pro­ceeds from pre­vi­ous Strides for the Gen­eral have gone to­wards the pur­chase of al­most 40 pieces of es­sen­tial equip­ment.

Or­ga­niz­ers are hop­ing to at­tract 700 par­tic­i­pants and raise a min­i­mum of $150,000. To reg­is­ter for the event, visit hamil­ton­health.ca/ strides

GRA­HAM PAINE, METROLAND

Bob Nedelko, owner of Bob’s No Frills on Brant Street, sur­vived a brain aneurysm in June 2016.

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