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    Unhappy A helping hand ? No way, you are on your own.

    Without going into too much detail, to protect myself as much as anything.

    I was out shopping in a busy area last weekend, when a woman collapsed a few meters in front of me, on a busy street. She was alone as nobody went to her aid, I went over to her to see if she was ok.
    She wasn't, she was unconscious and unresponsive. I checked her for breath signs and pulse and found none. So I started CPR and asked for someone to call an ambulance. I have done a Occupational First Aid Course so I had a good idea of what I was doing.

    What happened next, was like a dream sequence in a movie. Both myself and this woman became INVISIBLE. It was as if we were inclosed in a bubble.
    Some people had a quick glance and walked on by as if we weren't there.
    The whole time I was with her untill the ambulance got there, over 30 mins, I didn't get even one offer of help from anyone. And I can tell you, there were plenty of people passing by.

    And while I fully understand the "Fight or Flight" syndrome, someone could have offered.

    Is this what society has become ?
    Have we become this desensitized to our surroundings ??


    I still can't believe not one person offered to assist.
    I really am still shocked that this happened.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dave1dave View Post
    Without going into too much detail, to protect myself as much as anything.

    I was out shopping in a busy area last weekend, when a woman collapsed a few meters in front of me, on a busy street. She was alone as nobody went to her aid, I went over to her to see if she was ok.
    She wasn't, she was unconscious and unresponsive. I checked her for breath signs and pulse and found none. So I started CPR and asked for someone to call an ambulance. I have done a Occupational First Aid Course so I had a good idea of what I was doing.

    What happened next, was like a dream sequence in a movie. Both myself and this woman became INVISIBLE. It was as if we were inclosed in a bubble.
    Some people had a quick glance and walked on by as if we weren't there.
    The whole time I was with her untill the ambulance got there, over 30 mins, I didn't get even one offer of help from anyone. And I can tell you, there were plenty of people passing by.

    And while I fully understand the "Fight or Flight" syndrome, someone could have offered.

    Is this what society has become ?
    Have we become this desensitized to our surroundings ??


    I still can't believe not one person offered to assist.
    I really am still shocked that this happened.
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    when i lived in the UK, i noticed that behaviour
    when something like that happened. i don't have those
    skills and am a bit squemish-but if it's life or death-i would have
    helped to make a call to emergency services, at least.

    fair play to you dave!

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    unbelivable and so so sad... I am really staring to loose faith in mankind... where does it all end?
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    I think society has gone to the shitter.

    Call me old fashioned but I still open a door for a lady, the only problem is these days the "lady" rarely says thank you. I don't use public transport but would always give me seat to a pregnant or elderly lady.

    This is all the same, people are in their own little bubble and just don't want to know.

    How would all those passerbys have liked it if it was their mum, granny, sister lying on the ground? They'd be complaining about the delay in he ambulance arriving and the government and the HSE etc.

    I'm ranting now.

    Fair play for stopping and rendering assistance, I hope the lady was ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by warmcome View Post
    when i lived in the UK, i noticed that behaviour
    when something like that happened. i don't have those
    skills and am a bit squemish-but if it's life or death-i would have
    helped to make a call to emergency services, at least.

    fair play to you dave!
    I'm not sure how I feel about it, it's had a bit of an odd effect on me.
    I blew off work all this week.
    I cancelled an appointment I had for Monday ( Sorry Sweet Rebeka )

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    Quote Originally Posted by BACMAN36 View Post
    Fair play for stopping and rendering assistance, I hope the lady was ok.
    Cheers, To be honest I didn't follow it up. I'm not sure I want to know if it's not a good outcome.


    Have we just gotten too used to ignoring things, like that beggar with a cup ect..

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    Dave ... 21 years ago it was the same. I lay outside a shop in Rathfarnham, in the rain having a heart attack. Only two people came, one to steal my wallet and one to help and the one who helped was a 12 year old boy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monkeynut View Post
    Dave ... 21 years ago it was the same. I lay outside a shop in Rathfarnham, in the rain having a heart attack. Only two people came, one to steal my wallet and one to help and the one who helped was a 12 year old boy!
    I think it just shows, that as we get older. The more cynical and blinkered we become.
    A young child would always go to help another in distress.

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    So, sad .... The world is becoming a sad place to live.
    Selfish and careless is the majority of the humanity now.
    People must be heartless to walk by pass and not offer help.
    If only 1/3 of people were like you Dave, the world could be a much better place.
    I have to say you are a amazing man, gentleman with a lovely heart.
    You must feel good because you did everything you could to help, and that is so good of you.

    Good to see you back xxxx
    Last edited by nick2010; 08-04-11 at 15:12.

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