Kindess and compassion appreciated

By Ellen Whitley | Published Saturday, March 4, 2017

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People say that people don’t care, but I beg to differ. I want to say “thank you” to the wonderful folks at our Decatur Wal-Mart for coming to my aid on March 1. I felt ill in the restroom and found myself with the all-to-familiar feeling of faintness.

Thank goodness there is a bench in the restroom. I was able to make my way to it and lie down. A friendly voice asked if I was OK. I told her I wasn’t sure, and she asked if she could do anything for me. I told her I felt as though I were going to pass out and asked her for some water.

A few other employees also came in, and one got me a wet towel to put on my neck. I couldn’t get up or even sit up! They asked me if I wanted them to call for an ambulance to which I agreed, and they were kind enough to have the ambulance come to the back of the store, so I would have some privacy.

Then the ambulance EMTs, Christi [Walker] and Austin [Marr], took me to the emergency room. They were very compassionate, and I am grateful for their assistance. I admire all the EMTs and paramedics who do such wonderful work in and around our community.

The staff at Wise Health System ER was outstanding, and I can’t thank them enough.

So thank you to all who were involved in my care. Your actions are proof that kindness and compassion are not dead. Just come to Wise County and see for yourself.

Ellen Whitley

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