A HARTLEPOOL councillor has come face-to-face for the very first time with the woman who saved his life.
And at an emotional meeting, Ged Hall, 59, told saviour Mary Readman: “I owe you everything.”
As a way of saying thank you, Ged – and others – have nominated Mary, 56 for a Pride of Hartlepool award. He also sent her a bouquet of flowers.
As they hugged and shook hands for the first time since last summer’s drama, Ged told Mary: “If it wasn’t for what you did, and when you did it, I might not have pulled through.
“I have made amazing progress in the last six months. They say I will get completely better within two years. That is down to you.”
He said Mary’s rapid intervention meant his chances of a total recovery were improved dramatically.
And ever-modest Mary replied: “It was nothing. It is just nice to see that you are well.”
It was last summer when Ged, a Labour councillor who represents the Burn Valley ward, fell gravely ill at his home in Eamont Gardens, Hartlepool.
He suffered a brain clot at around 7.30am on Friday, July 12, and spent the next 36 hours drifting in and out of consciousness.
As he tried to dial for help from someone he knew, he accidentally dialled the home telephone number of Mary who he had never met before.
Mary initially thought it was a prank call as the person on the other end was making groaning and incoherent noises.
But an instinct told her she should ring the police. They broke down the door at Ged’s home where they found Coun Hall unconscious.
He was rushed to the James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, where doctors performed surgery.
Three operations followed during a three-month stay in hospital which included five days in intensive care.
Ged, who hopes to get back to work as an accountant, has slowly recovered since then and has always wanted to meet up with his hero.
Yesterday, that moment finally arrived. He told her the drama that he went through on that fateful day.
“I was unconscious. When I woke up, I was lying on the floor. I tried to get up and I couldn’t. I couldn’t shout or get to the door or anything.”
But he managed to make the vital call.
The police arrived thanks to Mary’s intervention and Ged told her: “You saved my life.”
Mary, a mother of three, told him her side of the story.
“I was watching television and it was 9.45pm on the Saturday night when the phone just went. I thought it was a crank call but it was the way you put the receiver down that got me thinking ‘should I call the police.”
She said, as she thought about what had happened afterwards, she posted a message on Facebook saying: “I think I might have saved someone’s life.”
The full-time foster carer added: “I don’t think I did anything remarkable, but the next thing I knew, the police left a message on my phone saying thank you and that they’d got to the address of the occupant who needed medical attention.”
Mary becomes the latest in an ever-increasing list of impressive entrants for this year’s competition. We want more.
We are calling on our readers to nominate that special person or people who have done something that you believe deserves recognition.
It could be anyone from 999 heroes to community champions – help us celebrate those who have done their town proud.
You have until early March to put forward your favourites and we want to make this a record year for entry numbers – but the only way we can do that is with your help.
So come on. Fill in the nomination form in the Hartlepool Mail today, or visit www.hartlepool.mail.co.uk and complete the online entry form.