Have you ever saved a life or lives? Non-Professional only

  • HankFit247

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    May 08, 2010 5:35 PM GMT
    Disease: Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
    How: Stem Cell Transplant – Donor
    When: 1990


    Perfect 6 out of 6 match non-relative match.

    Life after the fact:

    Dumped a bunch of bitchy, self involved friends whose only questions were Why and How much did you get paid?
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    May 08, 2010 7:54 PM GMT
    Yes, saved my own father 3 times via CPR during heart attack episodes. I was advised by his doctors he was terminal, and a 6th heart attack in the middle of the night while I slept finally killed him.

    I also saved my youngest son from drowning. That makes a story in itself, since I had woken up from a nightmare about him drowning the night before, while sleeping with my BF. Next day I went to see his mother, disturbed by that dream, and they were in fact swimming at a pool. While talking poolside with her I realized I couldn't see him in the water. He had slipped into the deep water beneath the safety ropes, and I dove in and brought him to the surface gasping. My nightmare had become reality, just as I had foreseen. Very spooky.

    I dragged a fellow soldier out of a burning armored personnel carrier (APC) just before it exploded and went up in flames. I saw it disabled & smoking along the side of the road while passing in my jeep, and realized the danger the driver was in, who was refusing to get out. I climbed aboard and grabbed him by the collar and physically yanked him out of the hatch, seconds before an explosion that singed us both.

    When I was an Army Motor Sergeant my motor pool building caught fire, while some civilian contractors were painting it. I rushed inside and dragged out 2 of my mechanics who had become overcome with smoke, and put them in the care of others. Then I went back in and drove out an APC, while flaming debris crashed all around me, ordering panicked soldiers to ground-guide me backwards.

    I had a line of trucks next to the building that were going to be engulfed by the flames. They were backed against a chainlink fence, their steering wheels chained and padlocked per our standard procedure, the keys inside my office already on fire. I commandeered as many soldiers as I could, and ordered them to get into the trucks and drive them straight backwards over the fence, flattening it, to get them away from the fire.

    Seconds later that end of the motor pool building exploded in a great fireball, where our acetylene welding tanks were stored. I consider that the bravest and most resourceful episode of my life, and yet I was never officially recognized for it, got no medal, nothing at all. Such is how these things often happen. icon_confused.gif
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    May 08, 2010 8:35 PM GMT
    Yes. I stopped to let four kittehs cross the road last night.
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    May 08, 2010 9:14 PM GMT
    Only my Higher Power knows for sure.
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    May 08, 2010 10:48 PM GMT
    That is so wonderful to hear.

    Thank you for sharing, Hank.

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    May 09, 2010 11:42 AM GMT
    Don't know if I saved his life but a few years back an old man (70/80 yo) fell down a flight of stairs in front of me headfirst and I half caught him but he hit his head on the concrete floor. Blood was pouring out of him and he kept trying to get up and catch his bus. I sort of persuaded him (and wouldn't let him get on a bus) to have a seat and held napkins on his wound until medical help came along. He was really embarrassed and in shock because of the fall that he kept saying he was fine but he even didn't realize he was bleeding heavily.
    I felt so sick that I might of seen someone die in front of me and the noise of his skull hitting the floor was the worst thing I've ever heard.