Man sees eclipse from hospital bed

Tom Frisch and the hospital
staff of Legacy Emanuel viewing the eclipse.

The team at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center made sure Thomas “Tom” Frisch saw the eclipse – despite being in a hospital bed.

On the morning of the eclipse, Tom, 42, an independent videographer who lives in North Portland, and some friends took public transportation to Oregon City; they then set out on bicycles en route to Molalla to view the total eclipse.

Unfortunately, Tom was struck by a vehicle while cycling. Taken by ambulance to Legacy Emanuel — arriving about 9:30 a.m., some 30 minutes before prime viewing — Tom told the medical team he still wanted to see the eclipse. Staff in the emergency room evaluated him, stabilized him, gave him eclipse glasses and wheeled him in his hospital bed outside in time to see the moon pass over the sun.

His injuries were not serious, and he was appreciative of the staff for letting him see the eclipse.

By Vicki Guinn