From: Susan Joyner
Received: June 19
What a wonderful, caring community you have! On Wednesday of last week, June 13, I was able to experience this firsthand. One of our group of seven who had journeyed from Mooresville for a day’s outing tripped and fell on the sidewalk on the east side of the Irwin Gardens. It was a bad fall which resulted in her needing to go to the ER.
Two women who were leaving the school located east of the site of the accident stopped to offer assistance. We were able to help our friend sit up, stanch the flow of blood from the abrasion beside her eye, and eventually get her onto her feet. All the while we were receiving assistance, including a package of baby wipes, from these two ladies. At the point where we were walking our friend a short distance to one of our cars two more helpers arrived, a man and woman, and lent a sturdy steadying hand getting her to the car and settled into the front seat. In pain and nauseous from her wrist and hitting her head on the sidewalk, we were escorted to the hospital ER by one of the women from the school, following her as she led the way in her car. Once at the ER she made sure we were OK, then went on her way.
The second woman from the school actually waited until the rest of our group were able to retrieve their car from the visitor’s center then she led them to the hospital. Since I was in the trauma room with our friend, I only learned of her assistance getting the remainder of our group to the hospital a couple of days ago.
The staff in the ER were prompt and caring in their treatment of our friend, who broke her wrist and was experiencing double vision and nausea from the head wound. Once she had been X-rayed, had a CAT scan of her head, had her wrist splinted and was ready to leave, we faced an hour’s trip getting her home while she was feeling so badly. The ER staff made sure her comfort on the trip was addressed.
In our haste to care for our friend we did not take the time to get their names ... but the people who helped us that day know who they are. We were tended by God’s messengers and are appreciative of all who helped us get our friend to the hospital in such a speedy manner. She has now had surgery to set her wrist and is expected to make a full recovery, for which we thank God.
We would like to extend our thanks to these caring citizens of Columbus for showing compassion us, strangers in your midst, that day. The women of the Mooresville Friends Church USFW appreciate these four angels who stopped to help more than words can convey. Our day’s outing did not go as expected, but we did experience God’s love in your fair city that day.
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