I Saved Someone’s Life

I take my daughter to the local pool a couple of times a week where she swims with my wife (my wife swims earlier when no children are allowed). Sometimes I hang around watching them swim. One time a couple of weeks ago I noticed an elderly woman waiting by the entrance for at least 15 minutes. I approached her and asked if she wanted to use my phone, to ensure her lift was coming for her. I don’t think she ever used a cell phone before; I had to dial a couple of numbers until she connected to a relative that would pick her up.

Today, as I walked into the pool’s entrance, the elderly lady was waiting for her lift again, but this time she turned to me with a serious expression on her face and asked, “Are you the gentleman who I borrowed the cell phone from?” Yup, that was me. “You saved my husband’s life; he had a stroke. That’s why he didn’t pick me up that time. If I hadn’t used your phone to call my daughter, she wouldn’t have checked up on my husband.” Well then. “How’s he doing?” was the first thing that popped into my head (the second thing being this will make an interesting blog entry!)

“He’s still recovering in the hospital”, she said offhandedly, as if that’s not the point, buddy – I’m trying to thank you here.

“Glad I could help”, I said. She thanked me again, and I said “You’re welcome.”

All I did was let her borrow my phone, so it’s no big deal from my perspective. Kinda neat though.

8 Replies to “I Saved Someone’s Life”

  1. Cool. I saved a guy’s life once too. He and his girlfriend were renting an apartment from me. One Friday evening there was a panicked knock at my door. It was the guy’s girlfriend crying that he was choking. I ran over to the apartment, in the snow, in my socks. I told her to call 911 and Igave him the Heimlich and dislodged the hunk of steak he was choking on. It never came totally out and the paramedics couldn’t do any better. The hospital used a pair of tongs to remove it.

    I don’t think he ever thanked me.

  2. I saved a tall ship from sinking once.. I hear a clan and then the sound of rushing water, I ran below deck and into the clubhouse (it’s like this small compartment in the stern) and saw water rushing in via a pipe, I ran back up, screaming that the clubhouse was flooding from a pipe, I found the engineer and screamed it at him, he ran below and somehow got it stopped while I ran to the topdecks still screaming about it. Anyone with know-how ran down.. I think there was 20 or so people on board at the time. If I hadn’t heard it and investigated we woulda been proper-fucked.

  3. It IS a big deal. You reached out. You made a difference. A simple lesson for us all. You never know how the littlest thing may make the biggest difference.

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