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Mushroom Hunters Find Unconscious Man Diabetic Man Found Near Keystone Trail April 24, 2005 theomahachannel.com
SARPY COUNTY, Neb. -- Some mushroom hunters came to the aid of an unconscious man last week and may have saved his life.
The college-age man, who is diabetic and asked not to be identified, said he had been unconscious for 31 hours near the Keystone Trail in Sarpy County. He wasn’t found immediately, despite a lot of people using the stretch of the trail near Harrison Street.
Debbie Frans said she and her husband, Brian, and niece hadn't even planned to be in the Keystone area that night, but she thinks they were brought there for a reason.
"Somebody sent us this way to help him and it was a miracle," she said.
Frans were walking the trail Monday at about 7:30 p.m. on a mushroom hunt. The man they found had been the victim of a seizure.
The Frans' niece, Jessica Lee, spotted the man.
"I can just remember seeing someone laying there," Lee said. "I stared for a second 'cause I didn't think it was actually real."
Lee screamed and Brian Frans came running and found the man in a tree line 50 yards from the trail.
"He couldn't speak," Brian Frans said. "He was having difficulty breathing and you could tell he didn't know what was going on."
The mushroom hunters didn’t have a cell phone on them, so Brian flagged a motorist, who called 911. The victim was taken by helicopter from the scene. Later, The Frans learned the man they save had been bike riding Sunday afternoon when he began to feel light-headed and apparently passed out when he got off the trail to rest.
The man is recovering at home.
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