Friday, April 24, 2009

Some People

I wonder what the hell is going on in today's world? Last night, on my way to meet some relatives at a local restaurant for dinner, I noticed an elderly women sitting on a grass strip on a corner. It was kind of an awkward place to take just take a seat, so it caught my eye. I asked myself whether the woman had fallen, or was just sitting? As I approached I watched as several cars stopped right in front of her and didn't so much as roll down a window and ask if she was OK, or give her much more than a single glance. As I continued to watch, while waiting to turn, I could see she was moving around a bit and seemed to be in some discomfort. Finally, as I made the turn, I looked and could see that her right leg had... well, had a bend where it shouldn't have a bend. I knew right away she had broken her leg. So I found the nearest parking place, about 200yds away and ran back to her. By the time I got there another guy had stopped his truck and was getting out to check on her. ABOUT F-ING TIME!!! Sure enough, she had badly broken her right tib/fib just above her ankle, bone was almost protruding through the skin when she tried to move her leg. I told her not to move and we called EMS and a couple minutes later we left her in the hands of the FD.
When sitting there with this woman, Rosalie, who had a cute British accent, and could not have been more calm and thankful for our stopping, I was amazed to find out she had been sitting there for like 20mins before we came. In fact some woman even saw her fall, stopped her car, got out and talked to her, then just left. Granted, as an athlete, former football player, and lifeguard, I have seen my fair share of injuries in the past, but I am telling you, there is NO WAY anyone could have seen this woman's leg and not IMMEDIATELY known it was broken. A 5yr old kid would have known something was seriously wrong!
So my rant is this: What in the hell is with some people? How in the F could you possibly watch this sweet old lady in the pink coat fall, then see she has a badly broken ankle, and then just leave her? I know in this day and age it is asking far too much to expect all, or even a small minority of the public to be stalwart good Samaritans, but I don't think stopping and calling 911, rises to the level of "good Samaritan". Even keep driving and call 911 for Christ's sake!! I would love to meet the woman who left sweet Rosalie to fend for herself... on second thought I better not, I could wind up in trouble. But seriously, that woman aside, how does an elderly woman in obvious peril sit, unaided for 20mins as literally 100+ people pass by within feet of her? To say the very least it was a disturbing reminder of the pathetic level to which the American public has descended.

Here's wishing Rosalie a speedy recovery.

8 comments:

  1. Yeah Ian! My hero and Roaslie's!! And of course, I completely agree!

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  2. Thank you for stopping and checking on her! Not enough people take the time...same goes with animals that are alive and injured on the side of the world. Very sad...but people like you make it a much better place. Here's to Roaslie and her recovery!

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  3. It really is a shame to see such a behaviour or the lack of. Well done Ian, you've shown the good in us.

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  4. Sad story, but at least she got a hero to rescue her! There are still decent people around thankfully :)

    And man, that must have been quite a fall.

    By the way, your foot looks gnarly in your last post. Ouch!

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  5. Crazy but that ignorance happens all the time and it takes a Hero :) to arrive to get people moving. I will keep an eye out for Rosalie on my end..cool if I could be a part of her recovery. With all the patients we work with, they talk of falling and not being able to help themselves as one of their greatest fears.
    On the happy note.. I am sure Rosalie is on her way to a speedy recovery and will be telling the tale of the young gents that rescued her!! Ya Ian!

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  6. Welcome to the U.S. Ian, where everybody minds their own business. I'm glad that Obama talked about all of us being accountable and that we all need to find some way to contribute. Oops, did I bring up Obama? Hope this doesn't bring drama to your blog. Great rant.

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  7. Oh that is just so sad that nobody stopped! I bet you helped her feel sooooo much better!

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  8. Damn, people suck sometimes.

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