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Meals on Wheels volunteer helps rescue 89 year-old stroke victim

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A welfare check initiated by a Meals on Wheels volunteer may have saved the life of an 89 year-old woman who had been lying on the floor of her home for days after suffering a series of strokes.

Kitty Hutchins says she has knocked on Geraldine Feist's door countless times over the past few years to deliver meals from Home Health United.

"And we usually chat a little bit.  She's told me about her family and she's just a real sweetheart," Hutchins told 27 News Thursday.

But when Hutchins knocked on Feist's door this past Monday, there was no answer.

"Then I called Meals on Wheels and let them know that she did not answer her door, but I could hear her in there and I could hear the dogs barking," said Hutchins.

Home Health United immediately called Feists's emergency family contacts.  Feists's nephew Bruce Cunningham tells 27 News that his cousin ultimately called 911.

"From what they told me they found her laying in the hallway, in a pool of blood," said Cunningham, who said paramedics took his aunt to UW Hospital where doctors diagnosed that she had suffered multiple strokes.

"She has her motor function, she can speak, she can move, feed herself and I just thank God that she's able to do that," said Cunningham.

Cunningham says he knows the result could have been much worse, if not for Hutchins.

"Like my aunt's true Christmas angel that she happened to be there at that time," said Cunningham.

"Ohhhh.  That's so sweet!," exclaimed Hutchins when she heard of Cunningham's kind words. 

But Hutchins says she just did was she was trained to do.

"Yeah, you know I'm just glad that they got her in the hospital and that she's recovering and that not too much time had lapsed that they could get her in and do what they needed to do," said Hutchins.

Hutchins has been a Meals on Wheels volunteer for 10 years, and while she has made similar calls numerous times, this is the first one that led to life-saving measures.

Cunningham says she is still at UW Hospital and has suffered some vision and memory loss, but is slowly recovering.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A welfare check initiated by a Meals on Wheels volunteer may have saved the life of an 89 year-old woman who had been lying on the floor of her home for days after suffering a series of strokes.

Bruce Cunningham tells 27 News that his aunt, Geraldine Feist, is now recovering at UW Hospital, but may have died if not for the actions of Kitty Hutchins, a volunteer for Home Health United. 

Hutchins says that when she arrived at Feist's home to deliver meals Monday afternoon, she found a locked door and could hear Feist in the residence talking to her barking dogs, but that she never came to answer the door.  Hutchins then contacted Home Health United and a representative from there called Feist's niece to let her know.  A spokesperson for Home Health United says Feist's niece ultimately contacted 911.  

Cunningham says paramedic and fire crews responded and gained entry into the locked home through a window, finding Feist on the floor in her hallway.

Cunningham says his aunt showed sings of dehydration, as well as a loss of eyesight and memory.  But he says Feist is now slowly recovering and has regained feeling in her arms.

Reporter Greg Neumann will have more on this story on 27 News at 5 and 6.

 

 

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