I was working cash in the store restaurant. Suddenly, this man (named “George”) let out a loud cry and slipped from the booth. We called 911, and then I and another associate tried to help. God forgive me, but it’s been too many years since I took CPR, and it took precious seconds to get started. It took three of us to roll him over – he was bigger than I was, and I weigh 100 kg plus. I swept his airway – no obstructions – but he didn’t gag when I did – maybe a bad sign? He started to turn blue, and every few seconds he would take a great sucking breath, but then collapse again. We ciouldn’t find a pulse – don’t know if it was because there wasn’t one, or we couldn’t find it because of the very thick flesh under his chin. So the associate started compressions. I couldn’t get a good grip on his head to tilt it back, it was slick with sweat and so heavy. Thank God EMS finally arrived – they did CPR on him I don’t know how many times, and defibbed him at least four times before they even got him on the gurney. I just started praying while I was there, then started a rosary – Sorrowful Mysteries. I was on the decade of the Crucifixion when they wheeled him out. They were still working on him as they wheeled him out of the store.
I pray to God we didn’t fail George in his hour of need.
All I know about him is that he is at least in his fifties, and is married – apparently every Tuesday he goes to the doctor with his wife. And his name is George.
Please pray for George’s survival.
I normally “offer up” my little hardships as a penance against Purgatory – today I offer them up for poor George, if he needs them.
Who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy Will be done,
On Earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us,
And lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.
Hail Mary, full of grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women
And blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Pray for us sinners,
Now and at the hour of our death.
Glory be to the Father
And to the Son
And to the Holy Spirit:
As it was in the beginning,
And ever shall be,
World without end.