DALLAS –– It’s lunchtime and Ben Bishop should be at Mi Cocina helping with the rush. Instead, he’s stalking the halls of Baylor Regional Medical Center, seeking a woman who won’t recognize him.
“I am a little nervous to be honest with you, I saw her under much different circumstances the last time,” the 30-year-old said.
It was lunchtime two weeks ago with 60-year-old Linda Rubin collapsed inside the North Dallas Tex-Mex restaurant. Doctors later said she went into cardiac arrest. Bishop, a waiter, heard screams from other customers and rushed over. He picked Rubin up, laid her down in a booth and began performing CPR.
He saved her life.
“I don’t remember going to Mi Cocina, I don’t remember meeting him,” Rubin said.
It’s circumstance that brought them together, and it was Bishop’s quick actions that kept Rubin from dying. She didn’t remember any of this until Bishop, flowers in hand, found her room.
“Don’t start crying sister, you’re going to make me cry,” he said, wrapping an arm around her. “How are you?”
“Thanks to you, I’m fine,” Rubin said, fighting back tears.
Bishop may work as a waiter now, but he’s a certified respiratory therapist. He worked as one for three years, but the emotion toll got to him.
“When you’re in the health care business you have to care and ultimately to care, you have to become somewhat invested in these people’s lives,” he said. “A lot of times it tends to wear on you.”
He left the field about a year ago. But on Friday, he didn’t have to say goodbye.
“God was holding me in the palm of his hand,” Rubin said.
She spent 10 days in the Intensive Care Unit. Doctors will operate and place a special pacemaker with a defibrillator in her heart. She hopes to be out of the hospital as soon as next week.
“You look amazing right now,” Bishop said. “Last time I saw you, sister, I was worried about you.”