GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — It was the setup for a worst-case scenario.
Andy George, 34, was driving on eastbound I-96 in Ionia County’s Clarksville area around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday when he lost consciousness. His vehicle was out of control.
A nurse driving nearby noticed something was wrong as she saw George passed out in his car, leaning against the driver’s side window. His hands were not on the wheel.
His pickup truck finally left the roadway, drove through a ditch and into a wooded area, where it finally came to a stop. The nurse and two men who saw what happened stopped to help. They broke a window to get to the victim.
George was in grave condition.
“We got him out onto the ground and I checked for another pulse and I couldn’t feel the pulse and his face had turned blue,” Anna-Marie Jenks, the nurse who stopped to help, told 24 Hour News 8. “He wasn’t breathing at that time.”
As her husband called 911, she performed CPR.
“I started chest compressions,” Jenks said. “I did about two rounds of them and he took this huge deep breath. … I checked for a pulse and he had one.”
As paramedics arrived on scene, one of the witnesses noticed the victim’s phone ringing. It was George’s wife, Kara, completely unaware that something was wrong. The witness answered the phone.
“My heart just sank because I just knew obviously that something was wrong,” Kara George told 24 Hour News 8 on Wednesday.
EMTs rushed Andy George to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids for care.
His wife said he remained in critical condition Wednesday night. She said doctors suspect he had a seizure, perhaps caused by a concussion from a motorcycle accident earlier this year.
Prior to Tuesday’s incident, there was no sign of a problem. George had never had a seizure before. He had spoken on the phone with family members minutes before he passed out and showed no sign of trouble.
Kara George said she’s hopeful that her husband will recover, but that he’s not out of the woods yet. She says his condition has improved since the crash.
“We’ve got four beautiful girls at home and they need their daddy and they’re going to have their daddy,” she said.
“I was just thinking about her the whole time, just looking at his wedding ring like, ‘I just hope he pulls through for her,” Jenks said.
Kara George said she knows there would have been no hope of her husband’s survival if not for the three strangers who cared enough to help.
“It’s just amazing. I mean, there are so many good people in this world and I truly can’t thank them enough,” she said.