MENOMONIE, Wis., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- A stranded driver in Wisconsin aided by a Canadian motorist ended up helping that same driver when the man had a heart attack down the road, officials said.
The Wisconsin State Patrol said Saturday Victor Giesbrecht, 61, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, was driving on Interstate 94 near Menomonie, Wis., when he pulled to the side to help a driver change a tire, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.
After helping out, Giesbrecht got back behind the wheel of his pickup truck and took off down the highway but moments later was struck with a heart attack. His wife, Ann guided the truck to a stop, called for help on her cellphone and got outside the vehicle waving her arms -- attracting the attention of the same driver whom Giesbrecht had helped out only moments before, the Tribune said.
That driver, Lisa Meier, of Eau Claire, Wis., began doing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Giesbrecht -- who had no breath sounds or pulse -- until emergency personnel arrived.
After a medical helicopter landed on the interstate, Giesbrecht was flown to the Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Clair where he was in serious condition Monday.
"If he had been a few more miles down the road and had his heart attack, it could have been a different outcome," Patrol Sgt. Michael Newton said. "It's an interesting turn of fate."