A Colorado man who suffered a freak accident last week while riding his bike is publicly thanking the good Samaritans who came to his aid.
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John Crandall was losing a “profuse” amount of blood after he fell off his bike and the left handlebar impaled his upper leg.
“The main contact point when I hit the ground was my left handlebar grip into my groin area, and that went in about 5 inches,” Crandall told KUSA-TV. “I initially thought I hit my artery, my femoral artery. So, I thought I had minutes [to live]. The amount of blood on my leg was so profuse.”
With blood gushing out, he started calling his loved ones to potentially say goodbye. Then, he called out for help.
That’s when Paul Hagerty, who was nearby biking with his son, Drew, heard Crandall’s pleas and responded. Hagerty, a former EMT, applied pressure and placed a tourniquet made from his shirt on Crandall’s upper leg. He and his son then called paramedics.
“When I got close to him, there was just a tremendous amount of blood,” Hagerty told KUSA-TV. “I could tell it was a flesh injury.”
But what could have been a deadly scenario came to a positive close. Crandall was taken to the hospital by ambulance.
After emergency surgery, he was told he hit no major arteries and will make a full recovery.
Crandall expressed gratitude to Hagerty and his son for stepping in to help at such a dire time.
“I’m blessed, to say the least,” he told KUSA-TV. “The fact that a good Samaritan stepped in, with all the negativity in the world, it blows my mind.”
Crandall and Hagerty, who is back in Philadelphia, where he lives, plan to keep in touch.
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