FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – When Wayne Thoden walked through the unlocked door of Brian’s home in north Fort Worth it was not the first time Thoden went inside. And despite the warm greeting of, “Brian! How are you?”, it was the first time Thoden had ever talked to the homeowner.
“Stay right there, man,” Thoden said as he placed the bag of food he was delivering on a coffee table and walked to where Brian was resting on a couch.
“I’m so glad to see you,” Brian said as he embraced Thoden.
Three weeks ago, by chance, Thoden saved Brian’s life because of a Meals on Wheels food delivery like this one and a last-minute change to the delivery schedule.
“Last time I saw you you were not in good shape,” Thoden told Brian.
Brian’s name was last on Thoden’s list of people to deliver meals to. But that day three weeks ago Thoden didn’t follow the list.
Thoden said, “My wife just said, ‘Let’s go there first.’ I said okay. It was, I believe, divine Intervention.”
Thoden was told to expect to meet Brian’s two service dogs who are there to help in an emergency. But he didn’t know that among Brian’s ailments is a heart condition that causes the heart to race with the smallest exertion.
“I went in, said hello to the dogs and started looking for Brian and I saw him laying on the rug,” Thoden recalled.
“He found me face down on the floor and not breathing,” Brian said.
“I basically went into panic mode,” Thoden laughed.
Thoden said he called 911 and the operator calmed him down.
“The MedStar guy told me what to do with my left hand and my right hand and we were doing the cadance over my cell phone,” Thoden said of how he was walked through performing CPR on Brian.
EMT’s soon arrived and raced Brian to the hospital. If Thoden and his wife had followed the list they would have arrived twenty minutes later.
“Without him I wouldn’t be here right now,” Brian said.
“It kind of gives me goosebumps,” Thoden laughed.
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