Many Good Sa­mar­i­tans in Win­nipeg

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - THE SOCIAL PAGE -

I was at Foun­tain Tire in South­dale Mall when I took a very bad fall. It was a silly ac­ci­dent and to­tally my own fault. I stepped off a curb and started to fall back­wards.

With no rail­ing to grab onto, I fell on the pave­ment on my back and re­ally banged my head, shoul­ders and right side of my body.

In­stantly I had five or six peo­ple around me who were just walk­ing by. They in­sisted I lie still un­til I found out what was hurt.

One of the Sa­mar­i­tans had a cell­phone and wanted to know who to phone. She called my hus­band at home to tell him what hap­pened.

They all de­ter­mined I needed an ambu- lance. Guess I wasn’t look­ing too good at this point and no­body wanted me to get up.

Dur­ing this time, ev­ery worker at Foun­tain Tire checked on me one at a time, and they fielded the calls from my fam­ily who were all at work and told them what was go­ing on.

The am­bu­lance ar­rived and I have noth­ing but praise for the three paramedics who strapped me onto the back board and got me into the am­bu­lance.

All I could say to my Good Sa­mar­i­tans was “thank you.” I don’t even know their names, but I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated their help.

That evening was par­tic­u­larly busy at St. Boni­face Hospi­tal. But af­ter an overnight stay in the ER and sev­eral X-rays and scans, I was cleared to go home with noth­ing worse that bruises.

Thank you to the paramedics, the hospi­tal staff in the ER and the ob­ser­va­tion ward, to the boys at Foun­tain Tire who phoned a cou­ple of days later to see how I was, and es­pe­cially to the five or six Good Sa­mar­i­tans who were just pass­ing by and took time to help an old lady who had a silly ac­ci­dent.

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