Some time ago, my husband and I were leaving the cinema on a Saturday evening .The weather had decided that it was through with summer.The air was already turning a bit crisp and the leaves had begun their autumnal transformation.
We made our approach to a park adjacent to the cinema; laughing and talking about the just concluded film, we noticed a young male looking quite pale and thin running into the park with another male lying prone in his arms.
Almost as one our steps faltered as we watched the fellow struggle with his mate in his arms. The young man he was carrying looked the worse for wear and quite frankly didn’t look like he was conscious.
I was immediately alarmed. The fellow who was carrying him laid him on the park bench and was trying to prop his head up and arrange him. At this point, my concern was at an all-time high and I said to my husband he doesn’t look too good. We approached hesitantly and I asked if his friend was alright.
The guy said something that was unintelligible. He looked like he was sweating profusely and spoke very fast and jumbled. So we pointed to his friend laying on the bench and asked for a second time if he was alright. He said “Too much…” and then mimed a smoking action. We both went “Ahhh!”
Not quite comfortable enough to walk away and leave it at that, my husband said that his friend needs to get some help and the guy replied that he’d called for help.
Somewhat unsure, we said okay and after we’d walked about ten steps, I said to hubby that I wasn’t satisfied with walking away with that as the poor guy on the bench really did not look like he was going to make it. We agreed that perhaps we should call 999.
By this time we’d gotten to the car and I got my phone out as we were pulling away from the curb. I’m about to dial when I hear the wail of a siren. We pull over and look back to see an ambulance driving into the park and paramedics emerging.
We were quite relieved to realise that he had in fact called 999. The short amount of time that it took for our encounter with him and for us to reach the car and have the ambulance turn up means that he called them before rushing into the park with his friend’s limp body.
He also looked like he could use some assistance but I couldn’t see if he had remained with his friend or not.
Since that incident, I’ve been wondering how it all turned out and if that young man survived.
I sure do hope so.