Woman found in bushes

Manawatu Guardian - - BRIDGE OVER BEAUTY - By MERANIA KARAURIA

Palmer­ston North Girls’ High Year 11 stu­dent Salena Stich­bury heard a voice call­ing for help com­ing from bushes as she walked be­side the Manawatu¯ River.

“At first I thought it was some­one try­ing to trick me into the bushes,” said Salena.

So she walked on, but the call for help played on her mind, and she re­turned to the spot where she heard Denise Byrne call­ing for help.

This time Salena went into the bushes to find Denise with her white boxer Puppy.

Denise was walk­ing along the bike track ad­ja­cent to the walk­ing path when she fell. Although she had a mo­bile phone, Denise’s glasses fell off from the im­pact of the fall and she could not see the keys.

Her an­kle had also bro­ken in three places, though she found that out later.

“I was lucky I was not fur­ther into the bushes or no one would have heard me.”

Salena then took Denise’s phone and ran to Waitoe­toe Park and then on to Buick Cres where she could di­rect an am­bu­lance to Denise.

There was a time de­lay in which time Salena hoped Denise did not think she’d run off with her phone, and Denise was hop­ing Salena was do­ing the right thing.

Denise had called her grand­daugh­ter Char­lie who ran to col­lect Puppy.

The am­bu­lance ar­rived and the of­fi­cers praised Salena’s ac­tions. Denise has to el­e­vate her foot for six weeks and Char­lie is tak­ing Puppy for her daily walk.

“I had a beau­ti­ful week planned,” said Denise as she looked at the plas­ter cast on her leg.

Denise Byrne and Puppy with Salena Stitch­bury who came to her aid when she fell and broke her an­kle.

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