When Janie Hall went out on this first date, she probably never expected that they would end up in a hospital. However, as fate would have it, that’s exactly what happened.
Hall was meeting a date for lunch at the Cheesecake Factory in Kansas City on April 7. They had met on the dating site Plenty of Fish. Hall was quite excited to meet this guy because they have been in touch with each other for quite some time now.
“He contacted me and we talked for two weeks,” Hall told People. Hall said she was immediately interested with this man in his 50’s. After all, he was big on volunteer work. “Social change is big for me and when he told me about his volunteer work, that really stood out to me. He volunteers at his grandchild’s school and he’s active with veterans groups in Kansas City,” Hall explained.
And so, the two finally met up for their first date. Things were off to a good start. Hall said they enjoyed their meal and conversation. “They boxed our food and we continued to talk for 45 more minutes, chatting about family and friends,” Hall recalled.
Hall’s date kept coughing before he collapsed.
Suddenly, Hall noticed that something was wrong with her date. He coughed three times then lifted a finger to excuse himself. “We weren’t eating so I knew he wasn’t choking,” Hall recalled. As she turned her head to give him some privacy, dishes started off the side of their table.
And as Hall’s date tried to stand up, he ended up falling to the floor face first. Seeing this, Hall rushed to his side. With the help of server Becca Bartholomew, the two managed to roll the man over. “He had glazed-over eyes and blood was coming from his mouth. I checked and he had no heart rate so I began chest compressions and CPR,” Hall said. Luckily for her date, Hall was once a respiratory therapist.
They finally got a pulse.
Bartholomew then took charge and asked her coworkers to dial 911. Meanwhile, the two women took turns Hall’s date CPR. Hall said her date finally got a pulse but it was weak. “We could hear the ambulance outside and continued to give one round of compressions. He did start a little bit of breathing right before that last round of compressions,” Hall told Inside Edition.
The paramedics arrived at the scene just eight minutes later. True enough, they detected a heart rhythm when they hooked Hall’s date up to a monitor. As they rushed him to a hospital in an ambulance, Hall followed them in her car. Once at the hospital, Hall left her card with the hospital’s staff so her date’s family would be able to contact her.
The next day, Hall was relieved when the hospital patched her through the man’s room. A few days later, Hall also got to visit him. “And he remembered everything about our conversation at the restaurant. I told him, ‘I never got to thank you for the meal,’ and he said, ‘Oh my god, you saved my life!’” Hall recalled.
Meanwhile, doctors are yet to determine what exactly caused for Hall’s date to collapse. And to help him with his medical bills, Hall and Bartholomew have set up a GoFundMe page together to cover costs that his insurance would not cover.
Hall’s date may still be recovering at the moment, but that didn’t stop him from asking Hall out one more time. “He asked for a second date in the hospital. I was extremely honored. What means the most to me is that he works on his health and wellness right now,” Hall said.
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