I just wanted to share this incident with you, which I will probably never forget…
It happened yesterday evening. We were just about to break into our road,
when I saw a man lying in the middle of the street. My first reaction was to stop the car.
While I got out, I saw some cars just passing away. Another passer (man) stopped too.
This man dragged the injured person to a house wall.
The person had a laceration on his head.
Another passer (woman) came to us.
Both passers couldn’t speak German very well,
so I called the ambulance. A woman took off.
“Hello, how can I help you?”
“Hello, we found an injured man on the street, he is in pain and he can’t walk anymore.”
She asked: “How bad is it?”
I thought… How bad is it? He is in pain, he has blood on his head,
he can’t walk anymore and it is cold outside…
I answered: “I guess bad.”
She: “Is he approachable”?
For a second I had that urge to lie. However, I didn’t… I should have.
She asked: “Is an ambulance necessary?”
I would have like to tell her, that she better gets her ass up here soon.
However, I didn’t. I should have.
I just said: “Yes.”
While I was on the phone, the woman and the man took care of the injured person. Some people from a Chinese Restaurant wanted to help. They brought us some papers
and a bag with ice, while we waited for the ambulance.
(Inside information, nearest clinic was 10 min from there. It was night, no cars on the street.)
15 min later I called again, cause the ambulance didn’t come.
They didn’t pick up the phone.
20 min later, I called again. The man was suffering… I felt very compassion with him.
As I called again, they told me they were on their way.
Almost 30 min later the ambulance came. At this point, I just wanted to say: “Thank you, thank you for nothing. He had could almost be dead. But hey, how bad is it?”
The EMT’s looked like we had disturbed them from their tea party… Oh sorry for that.
I heard one EMT saying to the other… “He is certainly just a homeless person.”
At that moment, I couldn’t respond. I just adopted and went home.
This situation made me angry, that I couldn’t react, that I didn’t do anything,
but what could I say?
What would you have done?
After yesterday, I can’t understand how people could say,
that we live in a very protective and high quality system.