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His feet and lower legs were gone. “Call 911!” he screamed.
His friend, also a lifeguard, was on the phone with 911 as he ran up. He helped get Edmondson’s belt off and cinched it around his waist, asking 911 for tourniquets.
Two Minneapolis police officers arrived, applying tourniquets on his thighs. They worked in the dark because they couldn’t hold their flashlights.
Dr. Jon Krook, one of Edmondson’s surgeons, said that he’d lost a lot of blood and without the tourniquets, he could have bled to death.
Edmondson, who said he remained lucid the entire time, hopes to get out of the hospital this week. He’s arranging for a handicapped ramp at his Minneapolis home and hopes to later return to his work, which focuses on aquatics safety.
“I do feel like I’m alive for reasons,” he said. “The rest of my life has a different path. And maybe it’s very much the same; it’s just adapting now.”
Joy Powell • 612-673-7750