Anne Demby had just arrived at the Edgware & Harrow Jewish Day Centre in Stonegrove last week when she suddenly collapsed.
The 64-year-old widow said: “The attack just came out of the blue. I didn’t know what was going on. I could hear voices trying to help me but I couldn’t speak or control my arms or legs. I was very frightened.”
Centre manager Jayce Harris was one of the staff immediately on hand. She said: “Anne collapsed as she was walking in from the car park. We managed to place her in a wheelchair. Her speech was slurred and her limbs were flailing uncontrollably.”
After calling an ambulance, the staff tried to decipher whether Anne had suffered a stroke. Thanks to staff member Andie Lucas’ medical training, it was apparent the symptoms indicated a Diabetic Hypoglycemic attack, which if not treated swiftly can result in a life-threatening coma. Staff quickly gave Anne a sugary biscuit to stabilise her condition until paramedics arrived.
Anne recalled: “When I came around Andie, and fellow staff member Peter, were by my side and the ambulance men told me they had given me an injection. I would like to thank the fantastic staff for their help. I was so lucky to be at the centre, otherwise who knows what could have happened.”
Anne, a grandmother of three, has lived alone since the death of her husband 18 months ago. She said: “Whenever I was about to feel ill my husband took one look at me and said, ‘Sit down and I’ll get you a cup of tea and a biscuit.’ I’ve done my best to cope without him but these attacks come out of the blue.”Learn more »