Woman saved by council workers
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.
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)