Neighbourhood life savers


IF EVER there was proof that keeping a regular eye out for the neighbours bears fruit, a lady who is probably alive thanks to the concern shown by hers will support that claim.

It was last Saturday that the Guardia Civil in Almoradí received a call from some local residents in Ciudad Quesada, Rojales worried that they hadn’t seen their 56-year-old American neighbour for two days and feared that something bad had happened to her.

When they arrived, local officers Antonio José and Juan Antonio, without knowing the eventual urgency of the situation didn’t hesitate to climb over a two-metre high fence to enable them to get into the garden.  They then peered through a window and saw the woman sitting on a sofa appearing to be unconscious. They forcibly removed the mosquito nets and the shutter and promptly gained access to the property where they found the woman with dried blood in her mouth and hardly breathing.

They began resuscitation procedures and allowed the woman to retain some vital signs of life until the medical team arrived.

When the paramedic team got there, they managed to stabilize the woman, initially with assisting with her breathing and later inducing a coma for later transfer to the Torrevieja Hospital. The doctor who attended the scene complemented the professional and rapid action of the Guardia Civil, as thanks to them the patient, despite her being found in a very poorly state, didn’t suffer a cardiac arrest and in fact had issues with diabetes.

The woman is still in hospital and in a stable and improving condition.

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