ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Thursday afternoon, a medical assistant stopped for coffee at the Quick Trip located at Kingshighway and McRee in St. Louis. The assistant’s coffee break would change her life and that of another woman.
“I saw the girl on the floor in the bathroom. There was another man in there who had started chest compressions and she was grey, lifeless,” said the woman, who asked to remain anonymous.
According to St. Louis police, the lifeless woman had overdosed on heroin. She and a friend had been shooting up inside the women’s bathroom.
“She had no pulse, she wasn't breathing. So I started compressions,” said the medical assistant.
Before paramedics could arrive, the woman was breathing again. The medical assistant saved her life, but as she turned to leave, her purse was gone.
“My keys, my cellphone, and it was the only key I had to my car,” the medical assistant said.
She paid a hefty price to have her car towed away and to change the ignition for new keys.
What’s worse, surveillance cameras in the QT show the friend of the overdosed woman was the one who ran off with the purse.
“She left and left her friend there to die,” the medical assistant said. “That hurt my heart more than anything I don't care about stuff. I can replace stuff. You can't replace another person.”
She has no ill-will for that person and hopes she’ll be freed from addiction soon.
“Everyone makes mistakes, good people make bad choices and with the case of heroin, heroin takes over the person. People need to be educated about his horrible this drug is and what it does to people and be empathetic to them and not turn their back on them because they need help,” she said.
Police believe they’ve identified the woman who stole the purse and have issued a warrant for her arrest.