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Hero postman helps save life of pensioner who suffered stroke

By Somerset Guardian  |  Posted: December 06, 2012

MY HERO: Rosemary Waldron with Jon Andrew

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A woman who suffered a stroke while out shopping in Midsomer Norton has had an emotional reunion with the postman who helped to save her life.

When 68-year-old Rosemary Waldron woke up with a headache and a heavy feeling in her left arm she thought no more of it and carried on with her day.

But just hours later, the grandmother from Welton found herself being rushed to hospital by ambulance.

She was later told by doctors she had suffered a major stroke and that her life had been saved by the prompt action of a man who stopped to help her in the street.

After spending eight days in Bath's Royal United Hospital and the next six months undertaking hours of therapy she is now back living life to the full.

It was only by chance that nearly six months after her scare, she bumped into her Good Samaritan for the first time.

Her surprise reunion with 40-year-old postie Jon Andrew came after she thought his face looked familiar in the street.

She said: "When I walked past him outside Lloyd's chemist, we both looked at each other and I immediately recognised him. I asked if he had helped a woman in North Way in June and he just threw his arms around me and said he was relieved that I was OK. I told him I had had a stroke and could see the shock on his face."

Rosemary, who thinks she manage to recognise Jon because of her experience as a store detective, contacted the Somerset Guardian to show her gratitude to the postman who lives in Clandown.

She said: "I owe my life to him – without him I wouldn't be here. I started to feel unwell and couldn't manage to get away from a wall I had fallen against. Unable to fend for myself, a kind young man came to my rescue, helping me to my feet and contacting my husband.

"Without his help, compassion and professionalism I would not be here to tell the tale. We are all so very quick to complain about our fellow man, yet reluctant to praise the individual. The world is a better place for having Jon as a member.

"It scares me to think just how many people would have walked past, thinking the reason I was swaying and holding the wall was because I was drunk."

Jon, who has worked locally as a postman for the past eight years, said he initially thought Rosemary was diabetic after noticing she was struggling to stand.

He said: "It feels really good to do something good for a change but I like to think if anyone spotted someone collapsing in the street they would have done everything they could made sure they were okay."

Rosemary, whose own mother died of a stroke when she was just 40, fought back tears as she was reunited with Jon for a second time for our photograph.

She also praised all the medical staff that worked hard to get her back on her feet and encouraged people to take the time out of their busy lives to follow Jon's example.

Mike, Rosemary's husband of 50 years, had his own words for the humble postman.

He said: "Jon really is a hero. He doesn't realise how many lives he had touched by saving Rosie. On behalf of our whole family I just cannot thank him enough."

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