woman thanks Mayor for saving her life
A Wexford woman has personally thanked an off-duty paramedic, the Mayor of Wexford, for saving her life over the weekend.
The woman, who was suffering from anxiety and a panic attack, said she was brought to Waterford Hospital at 3 a.m. on Sunday, 'because I'm in deep trouble and sick and only for ger Ger Carthy I would not be here today.'
'I will never be able to thank him enough I've a long fight ahead of me,' she said, also thanking Caredoc and the ambulance crew which took her to Waterford Hospital.
Her husband, speaking on condition of anonymity, told this newspaper that without Ger's intervention 'my woman would not be here today'.
Mayor Carthy, had just gone off duty as an advanced paramedic, when he took a call from the man on Saturday night.
'His wife as in a bad place and suffering from a couple of different issues...he put her on the phone and I spoke to her for a long period of time and then put something in place with Caredoc and the ambulance service,' said Cllr Carthy, downplaying his own role in helping the woman.
'Unfortunately we live in a society where appropriate (mental health) services are not available from 6 p.m. on Friday to 9 a.m. on Monday. Where do people go when they don't have the facility to contact me, although I would do what I did for any family,' he said.
The woman's husband said there was not enough help for people suffering such problems out of hours.
'They were brilliant at Waterford Hospital, but we should have that level of care here too.. she was basically suicidal and only for Ger she wouldn't be here today,' he said.