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Gas station manager saved the day
Our son traveled to Winnipeg from his home in Grand Forks to attend a Winnipeg Jets hockey game in October. He is 41, healthy, works out daily and has low blood pressure and cholesterol.
The following afternoon, he left to go back to Grand Forks. A few miles out of Morris, he got a thunderclap headache, the worst pain he had ever felt in his life. He made it safely to Morris and stopped at the Esso station there on Highway 75.
My son thought he just needed some air. He got out of his car and sat beside it for a bit and then somehow made his way into the station. The manager of the station, Sunil Patel, recognized he was in distress and called an ambulance. The ambulance transported our son to the Morris Nursing Station and then on to Boundary Trails Hospital and back to Winnipeg to the HSC.
He’d had an aneurysm in his brain. He was operated on the following morning and was in the wonderful, caring and professional hands of the HSC for two weeks. He is now at home recuperating with his wife and dog.
The next day, my son’s wife was driving up to Winnipeg to go to the hospital. She stopped at the Esso station because she noticed the car our son had been driving was still there and was partially blocking the station’s pumps.
Sunil Patel had taken many of the loose objects that were in the car and put them in a plastic bag and labeled everything. My son had left the window of the car open and Sunil had covered it with a plastic bag. My son’s wife thanked him and together they moved the car to another spot on the property.
Members of our family have since stopped to talk to Sunil and thank him. He was shaken by the ordeal and so happy to hear that our son was on the road to recovery.
Sunil and staff, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for caring so much and acting so quickly. Thank you for being the first to start the chain of the many individuals who saved the life of our son, brother, husband, uncle, nephew, friend and dog lover. Our hearts go out to you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
And to everyone out there, remember: life is about family, to love them all, to support them every way possible during the difficult times and to celebrate and appreciate the good times. Thank you for your prayers.
— Edward and Peterette Dolyniuk and family
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