Life-changing medical event brings 2 women together on bus - WKRN News 2

Life-changing medical event brings 2 women together on bus

Posted: Updated: Feb 17, 2014 10:47 PM

Teresa Evans and Lindsey Besedich were strangers on a bus a few months ago until a life-changing event brought them together in October.

"By the time I arrived at work I could tell it was something unusual. My entire head felt like the brain was hurting," Evans recalled.

Evans was having a stroke and collapsed as she got off the bus to head into work.

That's when Besedich, an ICU nurse, quickly came to her rescue.

"People were just looking down the steps of the bus and just looking. So I moved everybody out of the way and I said, ‘I'm a nurse, move.'' And that's when I saw Teresa sprawled out on the stairs."

Besedich, with the help of three other doctors who ran over from the nearby Vanderbilt Medical Center, rushed Evans into the emergency room where a CT scan showed she had a subarachnoid hemorrhage.

At the same time, her heart stopped and she had to be resuscitated.  It was unlikely she would survive.

"Survival rate in general is only two percent," Evans told News 2.

In the days and weeks that followed, Besedich continued to check in on Evans.

As a result of the stroke, Evans has struggled to remember some of the things that happened, but says she'll always be grateful to the Vanderbilt staff, and especially Besedich.

"So many guardian angels at Vanderbilt, starting with Lindsey," she said with a smile. "If we hadn't been there and she didn't recognize the symptoms, or was in the car, she could have easily passed out and that would be it."

Evans had to relearn how to walk and undergo cognitive therapy.

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