Thursday, February 29, 2024

Reader Thankful to Good Samaritans

Letter to the Editor


The Mitchell family would like to say “Thank You” to the good Samaritans who came to the rescue of my wife who, in exiting our car in a local restaurant parking lot, had slipped and fallen to that icy surface.

They provided additional clothing for overall warmth and head protection from the frozen ground. They called 911, and the dispatched paramedics arrived within 10 minutes, where she was transported to the Meaford Hospital.

She is a resident at a long-term care facility in Collingwood, and battling invasive dementia that has left her with zero short term memory. We are both in our late 80’s and early 90’s, and cane dependent for safe walking. The hospital staff were equally kind, and X-rays confirmed no fractures on her body.

It has been our custom, in the last year, to enjoy almost daily lunches together in her favourite restaurants – from Barrie to Meaford and south to Singhampton, and where excellent long term memories can interact.

The hospital staff encouraged us to complete our aborted lunch plan, and to exercise additional caution in selecting parking spots and exiting from the car. We did just that, and with a tasty meal during which my wife had zero recollection of her fall or ambulance ride to the hospital. Except for ongoing complaints of “why the painful bruises”, life will continue without bad memories. The only joy of short term dementia.

Thank you to one and all for your caring and prompt help

Lorne and Dody Mitchell, Collingwood

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