The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

September 25, 2013

Appreciates help at hospital

The Commercial-News

---- — Editor:

On Aug. 27, I went to my appointment at the physical therapy department at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center to receive treatment on my back. As I was leaving the department, I realized I had trouble walking and needed help to get to my car. I stopped and asked the Red Vest volunteers if they could assist me in getting to my car. They said it was the hospital’s policy that neither they nor the security officer could help me. I said, “OK, I will try to make it.”

I was dragging my left leg and was bent over trying to walk to the iron bench outside so I could sit down and rest. As I looked up I saw a nun, and she said, “Are you all right?”

I said I needed a wheelchair to get to my car. I couldn’t walk. She left to get me one.

As she was walking me to my car, I explained to her what the hospital policy was in a situation like mine to get someone to help me. The nun said this was an unfortunate incident that happened and she would voice her concerns to the hospital staff.

I want to thank this nun for her kindness and compassion that day. I cried and said, “Bless you for helping me.”

Diana Bowers


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