Jamieson wanted to buy the man his dinner and drink. So the 67-year-old Big Chimney resident asked a waitress to leave a note welcoming him to the restaurant and telling him the food was paid for.
“When I walked up to him, he said, ‘I’ve never seen you walk,’ ” Jamieson said.
A former PGA golfer, Jamieson was a patient in the hospital from Jan. 27, 2010 to April 21, 2010 after a staph infection spread from his toe to his heart and back. Doctors replaced a valve in his heart, and he also underwent back surgery.
After about a month in his hospital bed, he was allowed to get up for the first time.
“This guy got me up out of bed with a horse harness, put me in a wheelchair and wheeled me out – the first time I got out of bed,” he said.
By April, he had begun walking. The cause of the infection remains unknown.
After racking up more than $250,000 in medical bills, which he didn’t have to pay thanks to wife Joann’s insurance, Jamieson still wants to show the hospital his appreciation.
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“Anybody that helps save your life, you have to feel some indebtedness to,” he said. “The care from the hospital was just amazing, so impressive. The nurses are so positive and treat every patient the same.
“I don’t see how they do it, I really don’t.”
He still attends physical therapy three times a week, but his activity remains limited.
“I’m working with endurance,” he said. “I never thought I’d be able to make it this far.”
One way he’s showing his gratitude is by serving on a committee of 20 people to help coordinate the 20th annual CAMC Golf Classic. The event benefits programs in the CAMC’s Women and Children’s Hospital.
The tournament is Aug. 15 and will be held at Berry Hills Country Club, Edgewood Country Club and Sleepy Hollow Golf Club. It benefits the Children’s Medicine Center, Pediatric Oncology Program, Child Abuse Prevention Program and CAMC Family Resource Center.
Jamieson will speak about his CAMC experiences after the tournament at one of the country clubs.
“I was born three months premature and weighed 1 1/2 lbs,” Jamieson said. “With the state- of-the-art medication and health … babies can be kept alive. Anything I can do as a living example of being born premature, and the idea we’re going to do this and keep the money locally and in the hospital and charity, everything has got to be for the kids.”
The fundraiser usually brings in about $160,000, said Rachelle Beckner, senior development officer for the CAMC
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