By George, he’s very grateful
GEORGE Dowden is thankful for the care and support of so many after a recent health issue, and was pleased to last week meet one of the people who helped save him.
The Portland small businessman, 80, was feeling “not quite right” after his usual day working at his local secondhand bookshop late in April when he told his wife Veronica about his concern.
A former nurse, she noticed Mr Dowden’s shortness of breath, and the pair started leaving the house preparing to take him to Portland hospital.
However he quickly realised he wasn’t going to make it upright out their front door.
Mrs Dowden got a chair for him to sit on in the hallway, and shortly afterwards Sam Delaney and other Ambulance Victoria paramedics arrived to assist.
What followed became a blur to Mr Dowden – he can’t recall parts of the next little while – however the couple are now able to reflect from their home how generous and skilful the support they received was.
“It’s very humbling,” Mr Dowden said.
“I can’t thank them enough; they treat you very respectfully.”