Since I was running late, I asked James for a lift to work (I rent a room from James in Portsmouth, he usually drives to work, I usually walk).
As we walked to his car I noticed an elderly lady walking her dog. One notices the strangest things - a detail that struck me was that her dog had recently been operated on, it had a shaved patch, and a visible scar.
As I sat down, in the car, I looked up, and noticed something wrong. It didn't quite sink in at first, but then I realised, the old lady had collapsed - she had fallen through someone's open gate, into their front yard, I so could only see her legs, and her little dog.
"Did that old lady just fall over?" I asked James. "What old lady? Where?" he replied. I pointed out the legs in front of us, and said "do you think we should go and help?". I'm not sure if James said yes, or I just decided to help myself, but she didn't seem to be moving, so I got back out the car and went over to see if she was okay.
She was not okay, she had split her eyebrow and was bleeding profusely. She seemed confused. She asked for help to get up, and I suggested she stay sitting. She wanted to go home and said she lived nearby. I didn't want to go against her wishes, so I (and James) helped her to her feet. I held her arm, and then after a little back and forth between the three of us, decided to call an ambulance as we walked her home.
She was able to give her name, age, and address for the emergency services, but was otherwise confused. She didn't know why she had fallen, and struggled to get her front door open. I went inside with her, sat her down, and kept her company until the paramedics arrived. James waited outside to wave them down (as requested by the emergency services telephone operator).
The ambulance arrived quickly, in less then 10 minutes, so James and I left her in the care of the paramedics.
Then posted that I'd helped an old lady on Facebook. Like you do.
And that is the end of the story.
PS: If I hadn't seen her, who knows what would have happened!
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