Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VAMC
A Good Deed is Never Lost
While in Haiti, the team performed 65 surgeries in five days and
positively impacted the lives of family and friends of those individuals.
On the flight home, Jean-Louis noticed that his assigned seat was
occupied by another gentleman. He spoke to the flight attendant and
she informed him that the man wanted to sit in that seat so he could be
next to his wife. Jean-Louis understood and took the seat next to him.
While at 35,000 feet, the man got up, went to the restroom, and on his
way back to his seat, collapsed and went into cardiac arrest.
"I started CPR and began Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) protocol
in an attempt to save this man's life ~ right in the middle of the isle
with an on board surgeon," said Jean-Louis, adding that, unfortunately,
the gentleman did not make it.
To top everything off, on his way home from the airport, Jean-Louis hit
a deer with his car. His vehicle flipped over and was totaled.
Jean-Louis walked away with only a minor injury to his hand but had
acquired a new lease on life.
"It all felt so strange and unreal," he said. "I was supposed to be
sitting in that seat, but I didn't. And my car flipped over and I
could have died, but I am still here.
Jean-Louis confessed that after this near death experience and
occurrences leading up to it, he has a new-found respect for life and
he believes he is lucky to be alive. He said that after his recent
encounters, he was reminded of a quote he heard when he was younger.
"A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and
he who plants kindness gathers love." Saint Basil