Letterman's Doctor and MYOS Board Member Dr. Louis Aronne Saves Parking Attendant who Suffered Stroke
MYOS board member and David Letterman's doctor Dr. Louis Aronne recently saved the life of a Manhattan parking attendant who suffered a stroke. Read the full feature from the New York Post below and join us in applauding Dr. Aronne's efforts.
Letterman’s doctor saves parking attendant who suffered stroke
Originally published by the New York Post - June 12, 2014
By Amber Sutherland and Danika Fears
The doctor who famously flagged David Letterman’s life-threatening heart problem in 2000 recently helped save a Manhattan parking-garage attendant who suffered a stroke.
Errol Mair, 66, told The Post on Thursday that he felt an unsettling shock in his left arm that spread to his chest while he was working at the Capital Garage at 470 E. 63rd St.
When he lost feeling in his left arm and leg, co-workers hoisted him into a chair and immediately called an ambulance.
“I said to [another] parking attendant, I think I got a stroke,” Errol Mair, 66, said.
As the minutes ticked by with no sign of an ambulance, Mair’s co-workers started to panic.
“His whole face was changing, the side of his mouth was twisting,” said garage manager Jimmy West.
That’s when West ran out to the sidewalk to search for help.
He spotted Dr. Louis Aronne, a regular garage customer and the doctor who first diagnosed Letterman with his life-threatening heart condition.
Aronne ran to Mair and recognized his stroke symptoms — and said they needed to get him to a hospital immediately.
West got his car and, with Aronne, they sped to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center’s emergency room, which Aronne had called in advance.
“You have to be willing to do things like that,” Aronne told The Post. “That’s what we do — we’re there to help people.”
Mair was taken to the emergency room, where doctors pumped him with drugs to treat the stroke-causing clot in his body.
But “the doctor I really appreciate is Dr. Louis,” Mair said. “I’m so grateful.”
Mair, a father of four, has since recovered, save for a slightly weak left arm. He’s not sure if he’ll return to work, but he stopped by the garage to thank the colleagues who were quick to act.
“He was happy,” West said. “He was the same Errol, making jokes.”