Passersby helped cou­ple after bi­cy­cle crash

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

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.

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