Castlegar woman rescued by two young heroes

A Castlegar woman believes that two young men saved her life after she found herself unable to breath outside the Castlegar Health Centre.

A local woman believes that two young men saved her life.

Sandy Charette was outside the Castlegar Health Centre on Nov. 15 when she suddenly started having a coughing fit and found herself unable to breathe. In the past she had suffered from some slight asthma, but nothing too serious. “I have what I call ‘baby asthma’ and the last time I used a puffer was 2014, and maybe twice a year I would use a puffer,” she said. Because Charette needed her inhaler so seldom she decided not to bring it with her, as she was only planning on being out for an hour or so.

Fearing she’d start hyperventilating, Charette tried to remain calm. “I kept saying [to myself] ‘Don’t panic’ and ‘God you’re not going to get me today.’”

Charette said as she stood struggling to breath, four people walked by without offering her assistance. “Now there’s nobody in the parking lot and I’m like ‘God, you may win this one,’ because nobody was there. I’m looking around and I can’t see anybody, and all of a sudden like I don’t know where they were, but it looked like they come up over the bank here come these two young guys, and they just came right at me and they said, ‘Do you need help ma’am?’”

The men rushed inside and got assistance from the health centre’s staff. “If they hadn’t of come, I don’t know how much longer I would have been standing there,” said Charette. After being admitted and seen by a physician, she was told that her blood oxygen level was very low and that there was no air in her lungs. Charette was treated and eventually sent home, but she continues to have problems with her lungs. She now carries her inhaler with her at all times. “I thought, ‘I have scary asthma now.’”

Charette has identified one of the individuals who saved her as Joel Anderson, but still doesn’t know the other young man’s name. She would like to thank everyone who helped her that day.

 

Just Posted

Slocan Valley to be ‘lit up’ with high-speed internet in 12 months

125 kilometres of fibre-optic cable to be laid from Nakusp to Playmor Junction

Vigil re-affirms belief in peace, acceptance in wake of New Zealand massacre

Nearly 100 show up for solemn event at Mir Centre for Peace

Police bust drug operation in Castlegar

Man charged, will go to court in August

Zoning mix-up nixes Shoreacres property sale

Man says the RDCK’s listings online don’t match his property’s official zoning

Castlegar coach receives Basketball BC honour

Cheryl Closkey recognized for 50 years of volunteering

Mueller finds no Trump collusion, leaves obstruction open

But while Mueller fully ruled out criminal collusion, he was more circumspect on presidential obstruction of justice

Sparks fly as SUV speeds down wrong side of Highway 1 trying to flee RCMP

Captured on video, the vehicle headed westbound against oncoming traffic before crashing

Fundraising campaign launched for man caught in SilverStar avalanche

In only two days, the GoFundMe surpassed its $15,000 goal

B.C. doctor reprimanded for accessing medical records without consent

Doctor admits to accessing records of the woman carrying his child

Video service to compete with Netflix, Amazon expected from Apple on Monday

The iPhone has long been Apple’s marquee product and main money maker, but sales are starting to decline

Kootenay city councillor starts nationwide climate caucus for municipal politicians

Climate Leadership Caucus has 57 members including seven mayors

Edmonton judge to rule on whether Omar Khadr’s sentence has expired

Canada’s top court ruled punishment handed Khadr for alleged acts committed in Afghanistan when he was 15 was to be a youth sentence

Trudeau delivers campaign-style speech while introducing candidate Taggart

The Order of British Columbia recipient said she wants to be the people’s voice in Ottawa

Stolen Bentley spotted going wrong way down highway found in Summerland

The car has been recorded going the wrong way on the Coquihalla, found two days later

Most Read