Passersby helped couple after bicycle crash
MY husband and I were out for a bike ride behind King George Park on Rue des Meurons when my husband turned to look at the Seine River and hit a cement pole that divides the path into two lanes. When I stopped and looked behind me, I saw he was on the ground and his head was bleeding profusely.
I started yelling for help. The first man to come by, with two beautiful pugs, was wonderful in helping call 911. We couldn’t get reception, so he went further up the path. Another man named Rob and his young son also assisted. Rob held my husband’s head for at least 10 minutes before the ambulance arrived. His hands got quite bloody, and I admire his lack of fear in handling a total stranger’s bloody head. The gentleman with the dogs stayed on the line with 911, telling us to keep applying pressure to the wound. An older couple gave us a blue cloth to help stop the bleeding. The ambulance wasn’t quite sure where we were, so the young boy stood near the road to flag them down. During all this chaos, many people stopped to offer their assistance. The man with the dogs went home, got his wife and walked our bikes up the hill so my neighbour, Ron, could come get me with his truck. Thank you to the efficient paramedics who took over the care of my husband. Thank you to the ladies at the St. Boniface Hospital ER, especially Sandy (hope I got your name right). The nurses and doctors were all very cheerful, professional and helpful. Thank you all. If my husband had been wearing a helmet, he probably would have only had a few scratches. Kids, please wear a bike helmet.