Gile Tojek and his wife Linda Tojek, went to see their grandson play basketball at his high school. Gile went to the bathroom, and that’s the very last thing he remembers about that night.
“We went over to the high school, to watch our grandson play in a basketball game,” said Gile. “I said I wanted to stop at the washroom. I walked in, and that’s the last thing I remember.”
Linda waited in the hallway and after a few moments, a kid came screaming out into the hallway.
“When that kid came flying out saying there’s a guy collapsed on the floor,” Linda remembered. “I just had this gut feeling, it had to be Gile.”
Linda’s instincts told her it was her husband and she was right. Inside the bathroom, Gile was on the floor having a heart attack. Thank goodness, Karen Behl an off-duty nurse was just a few feet away.
“He was lying on the floor in the bathroom,” said Karen. “I knew it was important to act fast.”
Karen began compressions and someone in the hallway got the emergency automated external defibrillator. A school trainer used the device to get Gile’s heart to start again. It worked…
“Four days later, I woke up with tubes down my throat, tied to a hospital bed,” Gile said.
Now he is back home, recovering with his wife. The couple are forever grateful to the nurse and nearby technology that saved his life. They even donated to Project Adam, an organization that provides school with the life-saving equipment.
“I’m just glad I was in the right place at the right time,” Karen said.
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