MMA Fighter Chris Weidman found himself working frantically to save the life of his 94-year-old neighbour on Thursday morning.
Weidman to the rescue
A report from Shaun Al-Shatti of MMAFighting.com explains the story of how the 30-year-old mixed martial artist found himself saving another humans life after he heard the desperate cries for help.
Weidman told Al-Shatti the story of his day and how it developed into a life-saving task for the fighter, he said:
“I was supposed to go pick up Stephen Thompson and his brother at the airport, LaGuardia, this morning, So I was trying to clean out my car and it was a torrential downpour this morning. So I’m cleaning it out and all of a sudden I started hearing this noise 'Ahhh! Ahhh! Ahhh!'”
Weidman hurried through the rain to check what the noise was, he said he noticed someone down the block but their body language did not suggest any signs of panic.
He continued back to his car but decided to take a drive after the shouting persisted, Weidman explained: "I had my window down and I started listening, And as I’m driving past the person, I could realize it’s an older lady and she’s yelling, ‘Help me! Help me!’”
The MMA fighter springs into action and comes to his neighbours aid, the woman was bleeding heavily and Weidman drives both of them back to his garage, proceeds to call 911 while attempting to stop the bleeding.
Weidman said: "Listen, I have a really elderly lady here, she’s bleeding really bad, doesn’t look good. We need someone here immediately."
The 30 minute wait for the police to arrive was agonising and Weidman mentions how the elderly lady would waver between states of shock and panic.
How it happened
The woman explained how she had cut herself, she said to Weidman that she had fallen through a glass table inside her home and that she had five grandchildren and wanted to live “one more year.”
Weidman admits that he feels lucky to have been in the right place at the right time to respond: “I’m very lucky and blessed that I actually went that way to see what the heck that noise was, because otherwise, the block that I live on is pretty much a dead end,”
"No one drives down there, and she was in shock. She wasn’t able to make phone calls. She had her phone in her hand, but she wasn’t going to be able to make a phone call. ... So she was smart, she crawled outside and was yelling ‘help me’ in the middle of the freaking rain.”
Weidman now has a new appreciation for the jobs of first responders, the woman identity remains unknown but the cage fighter is deservedly being lauded as a hero.