Easthouses pensioner thanks hero cat after fall

Isa Gilmour, Gordon Street, Easthouses with her neighbour's cat Freya
Isa Gilmour, Gordon Street, Easthouses with her neighbour's cat Freya

An Easthouses pensioner who suffered a badly broken ankle believes her foot was saved by a cat which alerted a neighbour to her fall.

When Isa Gilmour (84) fell and broke her ankle on February 22, nobody could hear her cries of agony, including her deaf husband Tom who was upstairs unaware of the drama. Eighteen-month-old Maine cat Freya alerted her owner Eddie Stanley (54) to the stricken pensioner. Isa recalled: “It was horrific really. That cat saved my leg and maybe my life.

“I had decided to go downstairs to make some lunch. I opened the outside cellar door to get some food from my freezer and I slipped on the wet step. Next thing I had fallen on my back and there was a bone sticking out of my ankle.

“I screamed and screamed for about ten minutes. I was in shock. My nearest neighbours were on holiday, so nobody heard me. Eddie said that the cat alerted him to me. He came out and found me lying halfway in the cellar. My foot was in the opposite direction, so it was a bad break.

“It probably saved my foot. If there is no pulse in the foot then that’s that, but the ambulance crew got here in time.”

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