Woman saved by coun­cil work­ers

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By BEN TRUSLOVE ben.truslove@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Et­ben­truslove

A WOMAN who suf­fered a stroke while driv­ing her car just weeks be­fore her wed­ding has thanked the three strangers who saved her life.

Jane Gul­son (45), of Stan­ground, was forced to pull over in Whit­tle­sey Road, op­po­site the com­mu­nity cen­tre, when she suf­fered the lifethreat­en­ing con­di­tion.

She didn’t know it at the time, but she had just suf­fered a stroke and three men – who she thinks were staff work­ing for Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil – recog­nised the symp­toms and called her an am­bu­lance.

Thanks to their quick ac­tions just four weeks later she was able to walk down the aisle to marry her part­ner of 12 years John and then jet-off to Mex­ico for the hon­ey­moon of their dreams.

Jane said: “I was a very lucky lady re­ally. I was driv­ing and could have had an ac­ci­dent.

“And I had two dogs in the car which could have gone bal­lis­tic but they were very calm.

“The men were won­der­ful. It was a real chain of events and with­out them I don’t think I would be here to­day.

“I would have been on my own in a car with two lit­tle dogs and no­body would have know I was suf­fer­ing a stroke.

“One of the men had first aid train­ing and knew what he was do­ing. Although it was ob­vi­ously hor­ri­ble, I re­mained calm through­out thanks to him.”

Jane had been feel­ing slightly poorly all day but thought it was part of her ME.

She had been suf­fer­ing a headache for sev­eral weeks and was due to have a blood test but the stroke oth­er­wise came out of the blue.

The ef­fects of the in­ci­dent caused dif­fi­culty in driv­ing and she de­scribed it as be­ing ‘drunk’, forc­ing her to pull over.

When she did she beck­oned to the three work­men, all wear­ing green over­alls, and asked them to call her part­ner be­cause she did not think she had her mo­bile phone – an­other side ef­fect of the stroke.

But rather than go back to work the men stayed with her and when she took a turn for the worse, an am­bu­lance was called.

One of them was first aid trained and pro­vided in­struc­tions to the 999 op­er­a­tor, mak­ing it clear she was suf­fer­ing a stroke and check­ing her breath­ing.

She was rushed to hospi­tal where she was treated and af­ter a short stay was al­lowed home.

The quick re­sponse meant she could still marry John at South­side Methodist Church, in London Road, on April 7 be­fore fly­ing out to Mex­ico.

John is a petty of­fi­cer in the Royal Navy but is due to leave soon to start mar­ried life.

Jane said: “Lots of friends and fam­ily re­ally pulled to­gether and helped us get ev­ery­thing or­gan- ised, es­pe­cially my mum San­dra Davies and son Pete.

“We nearly didn’t go on the hon­ey­moon but it was a once in a life­time op­por­tu­nity. We waited 12 years for this mo­ment so we weren’t go­ing to miss it.”

Jane would now like to meet the three men to thank them for their kind­ness.

Any­one who knows who the three me who helped Jane are should con­tact the Evening Tele­graph on 01733 588720.

PICTURE: ALAN STORER

THANK­FUL: Jane Gul­son with her son Pete and her friend’s dog Jax, who was with her in the car at the time of her stroke. (METP-07-05-12AS274)

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