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Utah man searching for mystery woman who saved his life

Posted at 10:22 AM, Sep 22, 2022

SANDY, Utah (KSTU) — A man needs help finding the Good Samaritan who saved his life.

Yury Korkishko was in his backyard on Monday afternoon when he was stung by wasps and started suffering an allergic reaction.

“It was harder and harder to breathe,” said Korkishko.

While his wife, Lidia, was driving him to the hospital, Korkishko lost consciousness, forcing the couple to pull over and wait for an ambulance.

“I couldn’t do anything,” recalled Korkishko. “I was dead.”

Passing drivers stopped to get him out of the car. One woman happened to have an EpiPen on hand.

“She wasn’t afraid,” Korkishko said. “She did it and she saved me.”

The Korkishkos moved from Ukraine to Utah 30 years ago. They’re touched by all the people who jumped in to help.

“You don’t see that every day,” said Korkishko’s son, Alex. “You see all the chaos. Where we’re from, our city’s destroyed. But here, people love each other.”

Korkishko stayed overnight at Alta View Hospital and was discharged Tuesday afternoon. He said he was doing OK.

“At least I start to breathe, it’s very nice,” said Korkishko. “It’s better than alcohol.”

Now, the Korkishkos hope to track down the woman with the EpiPen who doctors say saved his life.

“I want to meet you at least to say thank you very much for everything,” said Korkishko.

“I hope you can come forward so we can thank you personally,” said Alex. “I get to live another year with my dad, so thank you.”

This story was originally reported by Emily Tencer on