Sometimes the most ordinary encounters can pay off in the most extraordinary ways. Take the friendship of Huy Nguyen and Bardia Shah-Rais. The two boys met in the Irvine public elementary school. Both were children of immigrant families who'd come to the U.S. in 1979--the Shah-Rais had escaped the revolutionaries in Iran; the Nguyen's had escaped Communist Vietnam.
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They became best friends. And because Huy had lost his dad, Bardia's dad stepped in to fill the void. The two kids were inseparable--and were even at the hospital together when Bardia's dad sadly died of a heart attack in 1992. When they grew up, Bardia went to work at Fox as a sports reporter and Huy became a cardiologist. But they never lost touch--and Huy moved back to Irvine after he got his M.D.
Lucky thing, too. One night, Bardia's mom, Shanaz, had chest pains. Her son was in Switzerland, so she went to the ER alone. She asked the staff to page Dr. Nguyen, in the hopes he'd be there. He was on call, and got to the hospital in eight minutes. He immediately realized his friend's mom was having a heart attack and opened up the blocked artery. He saved her life.
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He also stayed with her until 4 AM--then brought his mom to sit with her until she was released. He also got her to quit smoking. The Shah-Rais are beyond grateful. "Who would have thought someday he would save my life?" Shanaz told the Orange County Register. And Bardia simply says, "He’s the reason I’ve still got a mom."
via OC Register.com
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