A Lenexa man who was injured when he fell into a window at a restaurant Sunday is recovering at a hospital and has befriended two men who rushed to his aid.
Andrew Carillo’s arm was cut by broken glass when he slipped on his bike and fell into a window at Callahan’s 87th restaurant in Lenexa Sunday.
Bleeding badly, Carillo called for help and was assisted by two strangers who rushed to wrap his arm with their own t-shirts and belts.
Patrons and employees of the restaurant called for help and Carillo was taken to a hospital, where surgeons saved his arm.
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If not for the quick actions of the passersby, Carillo said, he might have bled to death.
“I owe my life to these patrons and feel they should be recognized,” Carillo said. “Some of them risked their jobs and others acted out of valor for the sake of another human being.”
While recuperating at the hospital, Carillo tracked two of the men by phone to thank them. On Wednesday, Callahan’s employee Colin McNair and restaurant patron Nathan Johnson visited Carillo at the hospital.
Johnson said he was sitting nearby when Carillo fell into the window. He rushed over with napkins to press on Carillo’s wounds, but realized they were not enough and used his t-shirt and belt instead.
Once the ambulance took the injured man away, Johnson had no way of knowing what became of him until Carillo called.
“I wasn’t in the know, so I didn’t know if he made it,” Johnson said. “I’m grateful that he did make it.”
Carillo said the accident left him with some loss of movement in his hand and some scarring.
But on Wednesday, Carillo focused on the positive: he would be released from the hospital in a few days and he had made two new friends.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to collect donations to help with Carillo’s medical bills.