Random Phone Call From Pollster Saves Woman’s Life
A New York City woman is likely alive today only because of a random phone call from a pollster:
Bobby Berlin was going into diabetic shock in her Upper West Side apartment when she received a call from a Marist College student conducting a public opinion poll about Mayor Bloomberg.
When Berlin answered the phone, the Marist student on the other end of the line sensed something wasn’t right.
“Something just sounded off,” he said. “It was just really heavy breathing and panting.”
He called in his supervisor Daniela Carter, who asked Berlin if she was OK.
“No,” Berlin said.
Carter stayed on the line and called 911. Responders determined the address Berlin had given authorities was incorrect, but the FDNY was able to track down the right address using her phone number.
“The man from the ambulette said I would have died during the night,” Berlin said later.
“It had to be fate,” said Carter. “It just had to be. Because what are the odds? What if we hadn’t called?”
Daniela Carter and the Marist pollster paid a visit Wednesday to Berlin, who wanted to thank them in person.
Berlin hugged the two of them, telling them, “I owe my life to you.”
And the most amazing part of the whole thing is this:
The computer program used for Marist polling makes up random phone numbers using New York City area codes.
Right now there are five area codes covering New York City. The odds that they’d get this phone number at that exact time? Too high for this non-math guy to contemplate.