Naperville Man Wants To Thank Person Who Saved His Life

August 09, 2018 - 9:09 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A 90-year-old Naperville man would like to thank the person who saved his life by calling 9-1-1 last month, but he has no idea who to thank.

It has been a rough year for Seymour Bloom. The retired Bell Labs engineer lost his wife of 68 years three months ago. Then, he almost died July 24 when he took his granddaughter's dog for a walk in the heat at the Naperville Sports Complex and needed to sit down.

He says he shooed away a number of bicyclists and runners who asked if he was okay.

"After about an hour, I got up and began to walk to my car," he said. "The next thing I knew, I was in the emergency room."

Bloom had heat stroke and had collapsed. He spent two days at Edward Hospital, where doctors said he was fortunate that someone summoned help at that exact moment.

He agreed to be interviewed by WBBM Newsradio and wrote the Naperville Sun, in a letter that thanked everyone from bicyclists to first responders and family members who rallied to his side.

The one person he hasn't thanked directly is the person who spotted him passed out and summoned paramedics.

So, whoever it is, Bloom offers a hearty thanks. He says that call saved his life.