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Posted May 2, 2012
Marion Woman Says Neighbors Saved Her Life

Marion- A Marion woman said she is forever thankful to her neighbors who saved her life. In February, 73-year-old Sandra Carpenter fell in her home and laid on the floor for four days before anyone found her. Carpenter said she felt dizzy and collapsed in her living room. She hit her head on a statue that was sitting on the floor and bumped the phone out of reach. For the next four days Carpenter said she laid with what felt like a broken hip. “Every time the mailman came or the paper-man, I screamed help,” said Carpenter.

Her mail started piling up on her porch, that’s when her next door neighbors stopped by to check on her. They called 9-1-1 and Carpenter said an ambulance came and got her, just in time. “They said my body was shutting down, they said my potassium is very low, my electrolytes are very low, my blood pressure was high. In other words, I was on deaths door,” said Carpenter.

She said she didn’t feel scared because she was in her own home, but she did eventually start to worry she would die there. That’s why Carpenter offers this advice to others like her, “Anyone my age, should get a lifeline. That would have helped me because it bothers me to know I have damaged my kidneys,” said Carpenter.

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