Volume 93, Issue 5

Friday, June 11, 1999


Bailie accused of "shotty" job

Teachers on the rise at Althouse

CPI increase means raise for USC

Tory backlash raises concern

Nurses extend arm to injured man

House of Commons votes pro pot

Two wheels better than four on Western bridge



In the city

Nurses extend arm to injured man

By Paul-Mark Rendon
Gazette Staff

A motorcyclist who crashed into the back of a car Tuesday was lucky three nursing students were nearby to help.

Artur Teterycz, a 23 year-old London resident, sustained serious injuries when his motorcycle slammed into the back of a stopped car making a left turn onto Belfield Street.

According to Tracey Frizzell, media relations officer for the London Police, Teterycz was thrown from his motorcycle and slid on the pavement for approximately 20 metres, severely damaging his right arm.

Lisa Klaus, a 32 year-old nursing student in the practical nursing program at Sir George Ross Secondary School, said she was leaving the school with two friends when she saw Teterycz flailing on the ground with his arm partially torn off. "[His arm] was only connected at the back of the shoulder. The only skin on the front of his arm was on his hand."

Klaus said she, along with fellow students Cherie Moore, 28, and Laura Porter, 24, proceeded to aid Teterycz by covering his wounds, securing his arm with a belt and calling for an ambulance.

"I was covered in blood," Moore said and added a large crowd had gathered to observe while they performed the first aid.

Moore said she still felt some shock about the incident the next day, but was pleased the three could help. "I feel confident that we did our best," she said.

Teterycz was transported to the South Street Campus of the London Health Sciences Centre where he underwent surgery Tuesday afternoon. He was scheduled to undergo more surgery yesterday and said he was still in a lot of pain. "I'm not really feeling that good," he said.

He added he was pleased when the three students came to visit him in the hospital on Wednesday. "I'm very grateful and I'm going to do something for them."

Frizzell said Teterycz remains in fair condition and his prognosis for recovery is good. "He still has his arm."

She also said a female passenger in the car that was struck reported a sore neck, but was not admitted to hospital.

Helen Teterycz, Artur's mother, said her biggest concern was her son's health rather than any possible charges he is likely to face. "[No one] can help being in an accident. For me, it's about him getting better – he's in very bad condition," she said.

While the investigation into the incident continues, Frizzell said charges against Teterycz will not be laid until next week. She added charges are not usually dropped on compassionate grounds. "It's at the officer's discretion on whether they lay charges or not."

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