Now, this is the kind of happy ending you like to hear about after a White Mountain rescue. The gist of it is that yesterday, a German couple was hiking on the Sabbaday Brook Trail, about a quarter mile from the trailhead near Sabbaday Falls, The man collapsed all of a sudden and stopped breathing. Coincidentally, another German couple (also hiking) was nearby and they were actually physicians and helped the man the best they could in the woods. A school bus driver was able to get back to the parking lot and radio for help from the bus (since cell phone service is scarce). This chain of events allowed emergency personnel to get to the sick man very quickly.
He was transported to Conway Memorial Hospital and then transferred to Maine Medical Center in Portland, ME. The kindness and New Hampshire hospitality didn’t stop here. A staff member of the Conway Memorial Hospital, who coincidentally spoke German, led the man’s wife to Maine Medical Center, sixty miles away! She then stayed by her side to help translate the situation between the wife and the doctors.
I hope the hiker recovers fully and quickly! The chain of events here shows both New Hampshire kindness as well as first rate responsiveness to a situation that could have ended tragically. Great job to all involved!
The complete, detailed article can be viewed here at the Nashua Telegraph: http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/935157-196/lightning-fast-rescue-saves-man-who-collapsed-in.html