How friends saved great-gran struck by brain blood clot

Allan Elliott and Ann Wright with Dot Rowland(centre).
Allan Elliott and Ann Wright with Dot Rowland(centre).
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“THANK you for saving my life” – that’s the message from brain blood clot victim Elizabeth Rowland to those who came to her rescue in the nick of time.

The great-grandmother was discovered semi-conscious in her bungalow wedged between her bed and the wall having blacked out after a shower.

The 85-year-old was due to get picked up to attend a weekly Friendship Club based at Easington Colliery and had it not been for intuitive club members who found her, Elizabeth says she would not be here today.

Elizabeth, known as Dot, required life-saving brain surgery at James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough.

Club leader Allan Elliott, who ferries members in his car, had noticed Mrs Rowland wasn’t at the door waiting to be picked up as normal, on November 15.

After getting no answer, he went inside and found her after hearing faint groans.

Ann Wright, who was one of two club members waiting in Allan’s car, went inside and raised the alarm.

Elizabeth, who lives off Pennine Drive, in Peterlee, was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees, where a scan revealed the clot.

She was rushed straight to James Cook hospital for emergency surgery.

The retired North Blunts school caretaker, whose husband Dick died 11 years ago, said: “My family stayed with me all night and all the next day.

“They didn’t know if I was going to pull through. If it hadn’t been for these two people, I wouldn’t be here today.”

Elizabeth, who is mum to Susan Franks and Barbara Owen and has five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, added: “I want people to know how kind some people can be.”

Allan, 79, a retired bus company worker from the Chapel Hill Road area of Peterlee, said: “I think if I hadn’t gone in to find her, Dot wouldn’t be here today, she was in such a state.

“I thank God I got there, another couple of hours and it could have been too late – she was turning blue.”