Good Samaritan rushes to help woman with diabetic emergency - FOX 13 News

Good Samaritan rushes to help woman with diabetic emergency

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Andrew Rushing has suffered from Type 1 diabetes since he was 9 years old. He admits it hasn't been easy.

"As a kid it's hard, it's hard when they're eating candy. Going to a birthday party and you can't eat ice cream, it's difficult but you live with it," Rushing said.

And living with it, he's learned a thing or two. Monday afternoon, that knowledge may have been the difference between life and death. Oddly enough, it all happened while he was in McDonalds.

"She just collapsed," he described.

An employee was having an apparent diabetic emergency. While others panicked, Andrew kept his cool.

"I just instantly reacted and went for what I knew," he said. "I got some sugar and put it on her tongue and around her mouth to raise her blood sugar."

Tense moments followed, but soon after she began to wake up and respond.

"She just started crying and hugging me and telling me thank you," he described. "I was always raised if you do right by people, good things will happen to you. That's what I did," he said with a smile.

He's getting plenty of praise, especially from those who were there.

"Very thankful, because I was scared, I was shocked. It scared me," said employee Shynesha Futch.

"I wouldn't call myself a hero...God put here in the right place at the right time," Rushing said.

The woman was later taken to the hospital. We're told she's doing alright.

FOx 13's Dr. Jo says this was a dangerous situation.

"If she was alone, there is that possibility she could've gone into a coma. Something serious could've happened," she said.

Thankfully, it wasn't worse, all because Andrew knew what to do and stepped up.

"This whole day I was thinking what if I wasn't there. I'm just glad I was there to help her," he said.

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