A 95-YEAR-OLD woman has appealed to the News Telegraph to help find track down the ‘wonderful’ man who provided ‘vital aid’ after she suffered a serious fall in Ashbourne.
The woman, who has asked not to be identified, fell after feeling feint while shopping near the town hall two weeks ago.
A man she describes as being ‘in his 20s’ stopped and laid his coat over her as she lay half-conscious on the pavement and waited with her while an ambulance was en-route.
The pensioner suffered serious facial injuries and called the News Telegraph from her bed in the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary (DRI), in Derby.
Doctors have since performed scans showing no complications but her face is ‘significantly scarred’ and she will be staying in hospital for another two weeks.
She said: “It was a cold morning and I walked into town to do some shopping like I normally do. It’s quite a long way from my home to the town hall and I felt tired and fell.
“I hit my head and face on the concrete and it hurt but I soon fell unconscious before coming round a little bit.
“I was lying on the pavement, slipping in and out of consciousness when a young man came up to me and placed his coat on me to make sure I was warm.
“He was talking to me to try and keep me awake and asked me where I lived. I told him my address and he said he lived nearby and he should come round for a cup of tea some time.
“I wish I knew who he was so I could thank him personally for his kindness and concern for me when I was badly hurt.”
The woman said that, despite ‘bad press’, the DRI had done a ‘wonderful job’ and she had ‘no complaints whatsoever’ about her treatment.
She said she was ‘proud’ of being independent and does all her own cooking, washing, cleaning and shopping.
She said: “This won’t stop me being independent. Some people go into a home when there’s really no need but that won’t be me.
“I’ve got two black eyes and I think, with my scars, I probably look over 100, but doing things for myself is very important to me.
“I’m extending an open invitation to the man who looked after me to come round and have that cup of tea with me so I can tell him to his face how grateful I am for his selfless actions in helping a complete stranger in need.”