New 'Bachelor' star Andy Baldwin saves the day after getting his girl
By Christopher Rocchio, 03/21/2007
U.S. Navy Lieutenant Andy Baldwin proved during the wrap party for ABC's The Bachelor: Officer and a Gentleman that he's more than just a pretty face.
Only "a few short hours" after the finale of Officer and a Gentleman was filmed, executive producer Mike Fleiss told reporters during a Tuesday conference call that members of the reality show's cast and crew gathered at a little club in the Turtle Bay Resort in Oahu, HI. to celebrate.
"One of the other guests at the hotel was in there, and he was dancing... and the next thing I know I just hear screams," said Fleiss. "One of the guests at the hotel, a man probably in his fifties, had fallen and really had done severe damage to his face and head and was bleeding profusely. It was more blood than I've ever seen..."
Fleiss said nobody really knew what to do. They called 911, but because the hotel is located "sort of in a remote part of island," everyone was "scared."
"We realized 'Oh my God! We know who can save the day here... Andy!'" recounted Fleiss. "He turned around, sprang into action... he tended to the man, held his wounds together and did some bandaging and kept the guy immobilized waiting for paramedics to arrive. Andy pretty much saved the guy."
Baldwin is a 30-year-old U.S. Navy Lieutenant and undersea medical officer stationed in Pearl Harbor, HI who is also the star of the upcoming tenth edition of The Bachelor.
"I saw this pool of blood coming out, I wanted to make sure his airway was intact. I checked it, he was breathing, I checked his pulse. I cleared his airway and got some pressure on the bleeding and was able to get some words out of him," said Baldwin. "The biggest thing there was he lost a lot of blood, get the ambulance there right away and get an IV line in."
While many would describe Baldwin's actions as heroic, the bachelor said he was just doing his job.
"That's what I'm trained to do," explained Baldwin. "I just didn't expect it to happen on probably the most emotional day of my life."
Baldwin said he's yet to personally hear from the man who he helped, but a Tuesday article in The New York Postreported the man "ended up getting 18 stitches in his head and plastic surgery to fix his broken nose."
"I wish him the best," said Baldwin. "I'm glad I was able to help him out."
Fleiss described the scene as if it were part of a scripted drama, not the wrap party for a reality series.
"It was really a situation where it was, 'Is there a doctor in the house?'" said Fleiss. "Luckily there was... he happened to be a bachelor also, but he was a doctor. I feel bad for the gentleman, but it was an amazing thing to see. It was impressive."
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