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Law Prof Says Students Saved His Life

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A judge who teaches a trial techniques class at the University at Buffalo law school says seven students who didn’t listen to him ended up saving his life.

Judge Richard Kloch Sr. experienced overwhelming pain in his knee and a wave of weakness when he was teaching a class about two weeks ago, the Buffalo News reports. Kloch, who had recently had knee surgery for a joint problem, noticed that his knee had swollen “easily to three times its size and got concrete hard,” he told the newspaper.

Kloch told his seven students that class was over and they could leave, but they refused to go, according to the story. He told them he wanted to drive himself to the emergency room, “so these students picked me up and carried me outside, commandeered a shuttle bus to drive me to my car on the opposite side of campus,” Kloch said.

The shuttle bus driver called an ambulance, and Kloch went to the hospital, where doctors determined his knee was infected and had a large blood clot, and needed to be drained, Koch said. Last Monday, he had surgery to remove another massive blood clot.

“I would have never had a chance if it wasn’t for those seven law school students,” Kloch told the Buffalo News. “Lawyers are supposed to be compassionate, and these future lawyers were compassionate. They did the greatest job for me when they could have walked right out the door.”

The newspaper identifies the students as Rebecca Wanat, Carrie Weremblewski, Tom Johnson, Michael Gortakowski, Jacob Goldman, Colin Lareaux and Kristen Farrell.

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