Gran’s thanks after col­laps­ing on bus

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

A grand­mother has is­sued a heart­felt thank you to those who rushed to her aid when she col­lapsed on a bus.

Joan Jones was trav­el­ling back to her home in St Anne’s Court, Maid­stone, from Ten­ter­den with a friend when she sud­denly felt ill aboard the 2.25pm ser­vice on Novem­ber 8.

“We were near­ing Head­corn when I came over very, very hot,” the mum-ofthree and grandma-of-four said.

“I’ve had them be­fore and said to my friend I’ve got to get off. I can just about re­mem­ber get­ting up and the next thing I knew I felt a huge, tight grip on me and I was down on the floor of the bus.

“I wanted the toi­let badly and felt sick.”

The driver pulled over and rushed to as­sist, as did fel­low pas­sen­gers, be­fore paramedics took her to the Wil­liam Har­vey Hospi­tal in Ash­ford.

She was told by doc­tors she’d suf­fered a blood clot in her bowel and was kept in for treat­ment for more than a week. The 80 -year-old, who is now back on her feet, said: “I wish to give my sin­cere thanks to the won­der­ful driver for all the help he gave me, also for gen­tle­man pas­sen­ger who made me com­fort­able, and to the am­bu­lance crew and to the other pas­sen­gers who showed such pa­tience.”

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