Woman found in bushes
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.