Mother of 3 keeps her cool in crisis

first_img“I thought, `I have to get that bleeding stopped.’ So I looked around and found a basket of aprons,” she said. She grabbed an apron that looked freshly laundered and wrapped young man’s arm with it. Another employee helped her get the injured young man to sit up against a wall. Although Hagewood suffers from severe work-related nerve damage in her hands and arms, she managed to hold tightly onto the young man’s hand, which she had him raise above his head. “I don’t know how long it lasted, but I was getting tired and my hands and arms were aching,” said Hagewood, who continued talking to the 20-year-old to make sure he stayed conscious. Hagewood said she has taken classes on first-aid. That and the things she learned while helping her son study for his emergency medical technician test allowed her take charge of the situation, she said. “I knew from my training that I needed to stay calm. I don’t know how I did it,” she said. Rocio Aguirre of Albertsons main office in Fullerton declined to discuss the incident in detail. Paramedics summoned to the store took the victim to UCI Medical Center, where officials said the young man underwent several surgeries to repair his hand and fingers. “He is in good condition,” UCI Medical Center spokesperson Kim Pine said Tuesday. She added that the doctors were able to reattach the young man’s fingers, but Pine declined to elaborate, citing privacy laws. Hagewood, who has visited the young man several times since the incident, said his fingers looked pink, a sign that he might keep them. On one of her visits, the nurse told Hagewood that her actions probably saved the young man’s life. “I don’t feel like a hero. It’s just who I am,” said Hagewood. “It’s the mom in me, I guess. I just hope that if any of my children were hurt, someone would help them.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After rushing to the rear of the store’s meat department, the mother of three grown children discovered a scene akin to a horror movie. “There was blood everywhere – on the floor, on the walls,” she said Tuesday, her body shaking from the memory. Hagewood immediately spotted a young man holding what she thought was a bloody right stump. The employee had been cutting frozen ribs for a customer. Somehow, his hand slipped as he operated a hand saw, which severed two of his fingers. Incredibly, people were just standing around, she recalled, but Hagewood immediately went into action. LA MIRADA – At first she thought it was a joke – some children playing on the store’s public address system. But when Shari Hagewood listened closely to the words coming over the speakers Friday night at the Albertsons supermarket in La Mirada, she could sense their urgency. “They said that there was an emergency in the meat department, and I just rushed over there, not thinking,” she said. Hagewood, 49, called it a mother’s instinct. last_img