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Tyler Dickie saved by fellow students quick actions following severe injury

AMHERST - Tyler Dickie was moments from dying when his friends came came to his rescue.

The Grade 11 Amherst Regional High School student suffered a severe cut to his left arm during a noonhour mishap two weeks ago and would likely have bled to death if not for the quick thinking of his friends, Mitchell MacDonald and Ryan Sperry.

"I don't consider myself a hero. I just did what had to be done," MacDonald said Monday. "He's a friend and that's what friends do for each other."

Lucky to be alive

AMHERST - Tyler Dickie was moments from dying when his friends came came to his rescue.

The Grade 11 Amherst Regional High School student suffered a severe cut to his left arm during a noonhour mishap two weeks ago and would likely have bled to death if not for the quick thinking of his friends, Mitchell MacDonald and Ryan Sperry.

"I don't consider myself a hero. I just did what had to be done," MacDonald said Monday. "He's a friend and that's what friends do for each other."

Dickie was leaving the school when his arms went through a pane of glass on a door near the cafeteria, leaving a U-shaped gash in his left arm that cut through the main artery, severing nerves and muscles and leaving him bleeding profusely.

"I went to push the door open with my palms and I went through the glass. I saw the blood on the door and on my hands," Dickie said. "I guess I was in shock. I didn't know how bad I was hurt until I saw the flap of skin hanging there."

Once the seriousness of his situation sunk in, Dickie feared he would die or lose his arm, but was reassured by Sperry and teacher Susan Hiltz that everyone was going to be OK.

"I kept asking Ryan, 'Am I going to die?' He kept saying 'nope, you're going to be fine.' Then I was worried I was going to lose my arm. Ryan held my hand and kept talking to me right into the ambulance. I said I was going to go to sleep and he said, 'Oh no you're not.'"

MacDonald was sitting in the cafeteria talking to his girlfriend when he heard a bang. When he went to investigate he saw Dickie walking towards him trailing blood.

"I saw Tyler walking up the hallway and then I saw the blood. I realized something had to be done," said MacDonald, who will gradate later this week. "I grabbed the magazine out my girlfriend's hand and wrapped it around his arm and held it there as hard as I could while others went to get some papertowel."

Dickie lost most of his blood in his body and was less than five minutes from dying and his parents were told to expect the worst. He was rushed by ambulance to the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre where doctors worked to stabilize him before undergoing surgery to stop the bleeding. He was later transferred to hospital in Halifax for additional surgery.

While MacDonald remains modest about the incident, Dickie's parents, Diana and Wayne, consider he and Sperry heroes because without them they would have lost their son and while Tyler will recover, they still have some questions about how what was supposed to be safety glass broke threatening their son's life.

As for Tyler, he got out of the hospital a week ago and faces a long road to recovery. His arm is bandaged and in a brace. He goes back for a checkup and to have the stitches removed in three weeks after which he will begin extensive physiotherapy to strengthen his arm.

dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Grade 11 Amherst Regional High School, Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre

Geographic location: Halifax

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  • Sierra
    January 18, 2010 - 11:08

    Get better soon Amherst Hig school misses You!!

  • Karen
    January 18, 2010 - 10:41

    Don't be modest Mitchell, you saved a persons life by knowing how to stop the bleeding in you friend Tyler's arm. Not too many people would know how to do that. So consider yourself a big hero.

  • Trent
    January 18, 2010 - 10:39

    good luck, cousin!