Saint John — Lewis Carelli stunned onlookers this week when after merely 21 hours in a Saint John ER waiting area, he was able to perform mnemonic tricks previously thought impossible.
“I came in with a just a fractured wrist, something I maybe should have taken care of myself, and left a celebrity!” he exclaimed. Carelli’s eyes rolled back for a moment. “Also, my wrist hasn’t actually been looked at as of yet.”
Sandra Geldart was working at the security desk that evening and was able to witness the first and last third of his amazing feat. “By hour 6 you could tell something incredible was happening,” recalled Geldart. “It was a little touch-and-go at hour 10 when he was trying to nail down the specifics of Dennis Quaid’s triumphant return to the Hollywood scene, but he pushed through. He’s my hero.”
It wasn’t all roses and wine for Carelli. By hour 16, he came face-to-face with an article that brought back painful memories of the death of Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. “I don’t really want to talk about it, that part is over… she was only 101.”
Stewart Bronson, director of communications for the Horizon Health Network, was happy to take credit for the event. “Great things happen when you wait with us,” he said.
Carelli has been fielding offers from prospective agents all week. It should be no surprise that there is already a high demand for endorsement deals, rights to his life story and live tours.
When asked what is next for him, Carelli turned crimson: “My wrist… really hurts.”