CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - A Charlotte County motorist says he's alive because of a quick-thinking doctor and a neck tie. In August, Wink News reported Jimmy Joslyn lost his leg after he collided with a Jeep in Punta Gorda. A doctor who witnessed the crash used his neck tie to stop the bleeding.
Wink News spoke exclusively to the victim and community members who have rallied around him. 71-year old Joslyn says he remembers everything from the day he lost his leg.
"When the automobile, the Jeep hit me, I could feel my body against the side. I could feel my bones, feel them breaking," he said. The life-long motorcyclist collided with the Jeep on Olympia Avenue.
"The next thing I remember I was sitting in the middle of the pavement, wide awake, looked over and saw my boot facing this way and my leg facing that way," he said. Joslyn was losing a lot of blood, when local doctor saw the accident.
Doctor Jorge Cabrera, a military doctor for nearly a decade, didn't have a proper tourniquet. so he used his neck tie. "I know I felt no pain until the doctor put that tie on there. I said that hurts, that really hurts!" Joslyn stated.
The doctor then stayed with Joslyn until paramedics arrived. Jimmy's wife she can't thank Dr. Cabrera enough.
"That was straight from God. There's no other way. Because that doctor was not going to wear a tie that day," Betty Joslyn said.
Joslyn's fellow employees at Fishermen's Village in Punta Gorda have organized several fundraisers to help with medical bills. "We're having a tie booth. We're calling it 'tie one on for Jimmy," said Event Coordinator Catherine Perry.
"I'm doing great. I feel healthy. I feel strong. And I'm going to move forward in my life," said Joslyn.
Fundraisers for Jimmy Joslyn:
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