New York: Stephen Baldwin, turned into a real life hero after he came to the aid of a woman who had seizure on Thursday.
The ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ cast member was sitting at a bar in the Peninsula Hotel in midtown when he rushed to assist a young woman who was suffering a debilitating seizure, hours after a man committed suicide by plunging 22 stories to his death at the Hotel.
The actor and activist was accompanied by his publicist, Brad Taylor, as the two were having an informal meeting about hiring a new modelling agent for Baldwin’s daughter when a noise came from the other side of the room.
“All of a sudden every head turned because there was this loud bang,” the New York Daily News quoted Baldwin as saying.
“It was this girl, fallen on the floor,” he said.
Within seconds she had gone into convulsions, was moaning, her eyes were rolling back in the head, and she was foaming at the mouth.
“It was pretty violent,” Baldwin said.
At first, no one rushed to her help.
“A guy right next us was just sipping his martini and didn’t look up,” Taylor said.
“Two other girls ran over to the corner,” he said.
Baldwin immediately recognized the episode as a symptom of epilepsy, having grown up with a family member’s frequent seizures. With the rest of the bar unable or unwilling to help, he left his table and knelt down to the girl.
“I held her hand and said a few prayers,” said Baldwin, who turned an evangelical Christian late in his life.
“I wanted to make sure the young lady was okay and her breathing wasn’t restricted,” he said.
The seizure lasted more than three minutes before the shaking subsided and the woman finally regained consciousness.
“She started going, ‘Where am I? What happened?’” Baldwin said.
“And then I asked, ‘Do you have epilepsy?’ and she said, ‘Yes.’ Then she started crying.”
A nurse arrived on the scene and called the girl’s mother, who asked to speak to the man who had come to her daughter’s rescue.
“The mom starting asking questions about the seizure,” Baldwin said of their phone conversation.
“There are characteristics of the seizure that she has to report back to her doctor,” he said.
At that point, because of the actor’s help, the nurse had successfully revived the woman.
“Stephen Baldwin was a hero to a girl,” Taylor said.
Though another source said that the bartender recognized her as “a regular at the bar” and said her seizures “happen all the time,” no one present learned her identity — including Baldwin.
“It was kind of sweet and innocent and informal and weird at the same time,” he said.
“When it was over, I never got her name and they never asked for mine. I’m just glad she was okay,” he said.