I’m sure you’ve had the opportunity to be somewhere crowded. Better yet, have you been to a rivalry baseball game? If you have, you know exactly what I’m getting at. You probably shouldn’t be claustrophobic if you plan to attend such an event.
Bob Brown wasn’t necessarily afraid of crowds or anything like that when he went to a Seattle Mariner’s game. Afterall, America’s favorite past time is no stranger to large crowds, dollar dogs, and expensive drinks.
But Bob found out the hard way that bobbleheads are no joke to baseball fans. When word got out of the Edgar Martinez bobbleheads being given out, the crowds formed in mass before the booth.
Bob knew he’d have no time to waste getting in line. He and his wife found the rear of the order and were immediately shoved forward. The rowdy crowd, being all too eager to get their fan hands on the priceless little man figurine, pressed forward inch by inch.
With no other option, Bob moved forward with the tide of humans; then his heart stopped. The stress was too much for his 82-year-old heart.
Several years ago, Bob had been fitted with a cardio-defibrillator. This device will give a small internal shock to jumpstart the patient’s heart in the event that it faults. For whatever reason, it didn’t activate when Bob went down.
Alas! There WAS a doctor in the house!
His name is Dr. Josh Benditt of UW Medical Center and he stood just a few feet behind Bob. By the time Dr. Benditt made it up to the unconscious man’s side, he was already turning blue with no pulse, no breathing, and no movement.
For all intents and purposes, Bob had just died. Just like that.
Bob’s wife had the wherewithal to inform the doctor of his ICD. If he performed CPR on the man and the device went off, it could cause him serious injury or even kill him.
But Doctor Benditt knew he had no time to lose as he had lost too much already. He was well practiced in the art of giving CPR because his specialty was lungs and the respiratory system.
For a minute to a minute and a half, the Doctor worked methodically and patiently. Then, just as quickly as he went down, he came back up. The defibrillator kicked in and seemed to wake Bob up as if he was just taking a nap.
Bob was rushed to the hospital where he has been recovering nicely. A few days after the incident, Dr. Benditt came to visit him with a gift: an Edgar Martinez bobblehead!
Bob felt deeply appreciative to have the opportunity to look the man who saved him in the face and express his thanks.
Bob told him, “I can never, ever, thank you enough.”
He says he hopes he can show Dr. Benditt his gratitude with the remainder of his life.
Dr. Benditt was definitely in the right place right when he needed to be! How many can say a doctor was in the house exactly during an emergency, or in Bob’s case, at the ball game? Even still, doctor’s and medical staff are heroes in and out of the office for sure!
Article via: KING5