Our thanks go to Lori Vance, player at South Surrey, who, during the holidays had the foresight – lacking an appropriate posted protocol – to have perhaps saved a life in our Rec center.
Details : a man, in his sixties came to play, during the first game, complained of not feeling well and at the end of the game that he was intending on going home. He was asked by Lori to sit down, then to go upstairs, which entailed going up two flights of stairs.
The gentleman in question was about to climb the stairs when Lori , who accompanied him, said “ let”s take the elevator.”
That may have saved his life.
After calling his wife and 911 he was taken to hospital with tightness in the chest and left arm pain. clotbusters were administered and within 60 minutes it was determined that he was indeed having a heart attack, was given clotbusters and was sent to Royal Columbia hospital where stents were inserted within 60 minutes.
We would like to give Lori the BC Pickleball Association humanitarian award for quick thinking and also staying with the chap and helping him along the way. Peter and his wife are thankful and very appreciative of all that Lori has done for him.
The Humanitarian award will be presented at our Annual General Meeting to be held in February.