January 20, 2016 12:50 pm
Updated: February 10, 2016 1:41 pm

UPDATE: Montreal family finds Good Samaritan who helped fallen senior

A photo of Jean Girouard, 85, who slipped and fractured his shoulder in Vaudreuil-Dorion.

Eric Girouard

UPDATE: Eric Girouard was put in touch with the Good Samaritan after Global News covered the story.

Global News received a message from the Good Samaritan, who said they saw the article on Facebook.

“We went to the post office and then we saw a person on the cement close to the traffic light,” said Cora Fajardo Cabrera.

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“My husband [Rudy Cabrera Sr.] and another man checked on him and asked if he needed an ambulance. They put him in the car but after that, we didn’t know what happened. We didn’t know his name.”

MONTREAL – Eric Girouard is looking for the Good Samaritan who helped his father after a nasty fall in Vaudreuil-Dorion last week.

Jean Girouard, 85, was walking on de la Gare Boulevard near the Residence Le Félix Vaudreuil-Dorion, where he lives, when he slipped and fell on a patch of ice.

He hit the ground so hard that he fractured his shoulder.

“He is still somewhat shaken by the whole ordeal. He sleeps a lot and is weak,” Eric Girouard told Global News.

“There was the physical trauma of the accident itself. Then bad sleep at the emergency room. He was there for two days.”

He said he shudders to think of what would have happened to his father if a Good Samaritan hadn’t stopped to help.

“I am not sure if he could have gotten himself back on his feet with a freshly broken shoulder,” he said.

“It was cold. Hypothermia wouldn’t have been out of the question.”

Girouard is hoping the Good Samaritan will come forward so he can thank them.

“There are no words to express my gratitude. ‘Thank you’ just doesn’t express it all,” Girouard told Global News.

“It was a simple act. I am sure he thinks nothing of it. He probably can’t imagine having done otherwise. But he saved my Dad.”

Girouard said his father was in fine health with no major health issues before the accident.

All the same, there’s still has a long road to recovery.

“Morphine is hard on someone that old. He slept for two days when he got home,” he said.

“We had to wean him off to start getting him back to a normal state of consciousness and regular daytime habits. He hasn’t fully recovered yet. There are ups and downs.”


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