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Twice. Once with the Heimlich Maneuver and just last week I kept a man from bleeding out. It was pretty cool to help someone like that.
Many, it is my job. The ones you save are wonderful, and certainly make their impression; the ones you can't are the ones that you think about at night.
Jayhawk_4_Life (anonymous) says… "such a general question, there are many different ways of contributing to saving someone's life." Agree. There are many things that you could do to indirectly/unknowingly save one's life.
I suppose most parents have saved their infant's life one more times - helping them when they're choking on something, etc - but that's just part of being a parent.
My particular parenting story - My boy was about 10 days old. He started throwing up every time we fed him. Everything would come back up. Started losing weight rather than gaining. We both suspected pyloric stenosis. Our pediatrician disagreed and told us to wait a few days to see if the situation changed. Went to another pediatrician the next day who told us the same thing - wait and see. Went to a hospital the next day and INSISTED that he be checked out for this problem. Sure enough, a somewhat bewildered ultrasound technician quickly identified the problem - pyloric stenosis. He was in surgery four hours later and back to gaining weight three days after that. The outcome would have been much different had we listened to the doctor and waited a few days.
Rescued a guy from a burning semi on I-70 several decades ago. A friend and I, traveling in the other direction on the way to a Royals game, saw a huge ball of fire come up over the incline we were going up.
Came down, and there's a burning semi lying on its side. I will never, ever forget seeing a bald head coming up through the flames as the driver tried to get out the door window at the top of the cab.
My friend slammed on her brakes and pulled the car over. I jumped out and ran to help. She grabbed blankets out of the car, then came running over herself.
(To this day, I don't know how I got up on the divider with my knees that needed to be replaced. Adrenaline is amazing :-).
I will also never forget that the only other person who came to help was a guy who'd been driving on the other side of the divider, where the truck was.
Why won't I forget? Because there were dozens of cars stopped and 50-60 people standing back at a safe distance watching...and doing nothing.
Turns out a car had swerved into another car, forcing it right into the semi's path...then driven on as if nothing at all had happened. The driver of the forced car has a big sliver of glass sticking out of her eye so, after we got the driver of the truck out, we helped her, too. By then, of course, it was safe, so all the watcher were crowded around.
Finally the police and ambulances had come, so my friend and I went to the Royals game. The people sitting around us must have hated it...because I reeked of gasoline :-)
Freshman year, me and my bro headin' to class half asleep when he steps off the curb across Naismith from Robinson right into the path of a bus. Grabbed him by the collar and yanked him back just as the bus skidded to a stop past us. That driver was NOT a happy man, scared the hell out of him.
Pulled a young boy and his mother from their flipped and crushed car. By the time help arrived the car was in full blaze. Just lucky to be there at right time.
I can relate to the earlier post about saving my own life by stopping any consumption of alcohol whatsoever. Wonder why I ever thought I needed it to have fun in the first place. 15 years ago this month...........
Also saved my then 3 year old step son from drowning in El Dorado Lake back in the 80's. He went under and did not come back up. Luckily I saw where he went down and went under and grabbed his hair and pulled him up. He cried for a long time, but his mother and I cried tears of joy. Never will forget it.
well i be.... where do i begin?!
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I was at the overlook at Clinton Lake and took a walk to the lake from the observation area. When I arrived, I saw this young man lying on the ground beneath the sitting bench. I asked him if he was ok and he said, "I don't know. I have done a stupid thing". He showed me his bleeding wrists where he had cut them. I took off my belt and wrapped it around both wrists and called emergency 911 from my cell phone.
A while later I saw a police car with lights on running back and forth on the dam and even though I was waving a white shirt, they didn't see me. So I called 911 back and told the dispatcher. She patched me through to the police vehicle and I kept telling him to look to the west and after 20-25 minutes, they finally recognized where we were. They couldn't get down to the place in the cruiser so they sent a pickup truck with 5 policeman aboard. When they got there, they saw that I had stopped the bleeding but the man was weak and crying very hard. He knew he had made a big mistake. They took him in the vehicle and two policemen walked back to their car. No one asked me anything, so I just went back to my car and left. I have never heard the outcome of this event and I hope he was alright and wouldn't do such a thing again. He seemed like a very nice guy.
Anyone that is a parent has most likely saved lives whether they realize it or not.
Also, did you ever take the keys away or otherwise prevent someone from driving drunk? Ever been a designated driver or get up in the middle of the night to give a ride to someone that was too drunk to drive home? We'll never know, but maybe during one or more such times, you saved one or more lives.
I gave a man CPR after having a heart attack in 2000. The man survied the heart attack. His wife and the trooper that was on scene wrote a very nice letter to my boss.
My younger brother, twice, had to be rescued from deep water. I was the one there. I ended up teaching him to swim.
Yes, too many times to count.
From drownings to choking, I just happen to be there when they happen. And it has been mostly kids I have assisted.
I'm a parent - of course I've saved lives. Like my mom did mine and my siblings' a few times.
I've saved many by resisting the impulse to bash people over the head with tree branches.
Yes. All the way from infants to senior citizens. Probably the most heart wrenching was the infant not breathing and the mom in total hysterics. We pulled the infant through. Very satisfying to save a life so young.
A kid swimming at the lake, had a seizure, four of us worked on him. One thing they don't say enough, is if someone isn't breathing, they look dead. Very unsettling. Also they vomit a lot when coming back.
last night a Dj saved my life
More times than I can remember. It's part of my job description.
Saved my sons life. He had a piece of food stuck in his throat.
I found a teenage girl several years ago collapsed by the curb on a busy street. She had overdosed on prescription drugs and at first just looked like a pile of rags that had fallen from a vehicle, except I saw a hand sticking from a sleeve as I passed her. She was otherwise unhurt and I left as soon as emergency responders arrived.
My own, when I quit drinking alcohol.
I pulled off that Heimleich manuver once. I made my wife blow a chunk of prime rib about 15 feet across the restaurant. It looked like a l ittle pink sputnik.
such a general question, there are many different ways of contributing to saving someone's life.
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