UFC Star Chris Weidman Saved the Life of His Elderly Neighbor on Thursday
You want to read a harrowing story? How about this one: Chris Weidman saved the life of his elderly neighbor on Thursday morning.
The UFC star was supposed to pick some friends up from the airport, but their flight got delayed so he decided to use the extra time to clean out his car. While doing that, he heard a strange noise down the street. It was raining pretty heavily, so he couldn’t quite make out what it was. He looked around a bit and saw what looked like somebody standing in their driveway, but he didn’t think anything of it. So he figured the noise must have been kids or something and kept on getting ready. But he kept hearing it. So on his way out of his subdivision, he decided to just have a quick drive down to the other end of his block to see what was going on.
That’s when he made the discovery: a 94-year-old neighbor of his had stumbled and fallen through a glass table, and she was standing out in the middle of her driveway, bleeding profusely, calling for help.
Apparently she was in shock from the loss of blood and unable to think straight enough to call 911. So if Weidman hadn’t driven by, given the fact that she was on blood-thinning medication, she probably would have bled to death right there in front of her house. As it was, Weidman jumped out of his car and brought the woman into her garage, where he applied pressure to the wounds and talked to her to keep her calm.
Here’s the most insane part, though. Weidman called 911 twice, and both times he got disconnected while the dispatcher tried to put him through to emergency services.
Here’s Weidman describing the insanity in his own words:
“I call 911 and am like, ‘Listen, I have a really elderly lady here, she’s bleeding really bad, doesn’t look good. We need someone here immediately.’ So they transfer me to emergency services.
“They transfer me, but nothing happens. I don’t hear anything. Just nothing for a good 20 or 30 seconds, so I hang up. Then I call back 911 again and the same thing happens again. I explain the story, they transfer me to emergency services, and again nothing happens.
“I’m like, what the f**k?! So I call one of my friends who’s a police officer in the precinct, I call him up and say, ‘Listen, you need to call cops or emergency (paramedics). I’m with this lady here and it’s not looking good here, she’s bleeding all over the place and I’m trying to help her but I don’t know if she’s about to die. I’m freaking out, we need someone here right away.’ So he said, ‘Alright, I got it.’ He hangs up and that’s what eventually got people there.”
Eventually the paramedics showed up and got the woman to the hospital. Unfortunately Weidman does not yet know if his neighbor survived, but we can be reasonably sure she wouldn’t even have made it to the hospital without him.
If you want to read the rest of Weidman’s account of the incident, you can do so over at MMAFighting.com. He told them the whole thing over the phone.