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Diabetic Karaoke Singer Desperately Seeks the Good Samaritans Who Saved Her Life


Karaoke night at the Portside Pub in Gastown last Wednesday had some surprises in store for Kassondra Boyes

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It should have been a great night — a return to rock ‘n’ roll, after two years of restrictions.

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But karaoke night at the Portside Pub in Gastown last Wednesday had some surprises in store for Kassondra Boyes – a near-death experience, an intervention by good Samaritans and now, a mystery she wants to solve.

On stage at Portside, Boyes had just ripped off a rendition of Take Me Down by The Pretty Reckless.

It was a rare evening. Boyes is a type 1 diabetic and generally does not drink.

But karaoke is her thing, and she likes to indulge in the songs of women who rock.

“It’s a way to have fun, take a chance and be confident in the moment,” Boyes, 26, said.

The bar was packed. She felt lucky that she even had the chance to sing, and it was her favorite song.

“I felt pretty good.”

Just before going on stage, a friend bought her a Vodka Slime – a cocktail infused with 7up and lime. She took a few sips.

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After her song, Boyes went outside for some fresh air. That’s when she started to feel lightheaded and lightheaded. Back at her table, she checked her blood sugar on her insulin monitor. He had fallen.

Before she could take one of the glucose tablets she carries for such emergencies, Boyes collapsed, fell face down and lost consciousness.

Boyes had suffered a sudden drop in blood sugar or severe hypoglycemia which, if left untreated, can lead to slurred speech, double vision, seizures, shock, coma or death.

“My friends freaked out and didn’t know what to do,” Boyes said.

It was then that two strangers – two women, one possibly named Caroline – stepped in to help him, alerted bar staff, obtained cranberry juice and poured it into his mouth in an attempt to raise his blood sugar.

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Paramedics arrived and Boyes was transported to St. Pauls where she was treated for minor injuries, stabilized and released.

Now she is trying to find out who saved her life.

“Without them, I might have died in that bar,” Boyes said.

Often, Boyes said, diabetics in medical emergencies are misunderstood. If they pass out in public, they are treated like drunks.

“Having this happen to me was a huge fear for me. To have two strangers ready to touch me and help me, without knowing anything about me, means so much.

Not only did they save her life, she said, but they restored her faith in the kindness of others after the pandemic and seemingly endless cycles of bad news.

If she can find them, Boyes said she wanted to share her gratitude and say thank you. “They deserve recognition. They are my heroes.

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