“The Way He was Spurting, I Thought It was the Carotid [Artery] or the Jugular [Vein]”

In June 2013, Jim Walpole, age 77, and his wife Marilyn, age 79, who live in Defiance, Ohio, visited Toronto, Ontario, Canada. They had eaten at and left P.J. O’Brien’s restaurant when Mr. Walpole tripped and cut his neck on some scaffolding. His wife yelled for help, and people responded. Marilyn Walpole, a retired nurse, said, “The way he was spurting, I thought it was the carotid [artery] or the jugular [vein].” The first person to reach Jim Walpole was actor John Malkovich, who was starring in The Giacomo Variations at the Elgin Theatre. Mr. Malkovich applied pressure to the wound until paramedics arrived. Mr. Walpole said, “I’m forever grateful to him — he really helped me out.” Chris Mathias, a doorman from the King Edward Hotel, also ran to help Mr. Walpole, who was lying on his back in a pool of blood. Mr. Mathias said, “I believe [that John Malkovich] was having a cigarette and witnessed the whole thing happening. He placed his hand and started applying pressure to the man’s neck [and] didn’t let go until the ambulance arrived.” Ben Quinn, the owner of P.J. O’Brien’s, happened to be driving by and got out of his car to help. Mr. Walpole said, “I was bleeding so bad on my neck and Chris bought him a towel and John kept pressure on my bleeding neck and then Quinn kept me from turning over and made me stay there until EMS arrived.” Mr. Walpole was taken to St. Michael’s Hospital, where he received 10 stitches. He said that medical personnel told him that “if it was an 8th of an inch further, I would have had real trouble.” Mr. Malkovich is a two-time Academy Award nominee, and Mr. Walpole said he plans on watching some of the actor’s movies. Mr. Walpole said, “I never had the opportunity to see him and thank him after the incident. I asked him what his name was, and he said it was John.” He added, “I didn’t ask the last name because I didn’t figure I’d remember it anyhow.”

For Further Information: Andrew Nguyen, “Actor John Malkovich comes to rescue of bleeding man in Toronto.” Toronto Star (Ontario, Canada). 8 June 2013


For Further Information: “John Malkovich helps save life of man bleeding outside Toronto theater.” Reuters. Chicago Tribune (Illinois). 8 June 2013


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