A Cirencester who was left fighting for her life in hospital after suffering a freak accident has thanked the community for their support.
Pauline Daye, 67, was suffering severe blood loss when found by a passer-by opposite the Waterloo car park at the rear of Dyer Street on March 4.
Her family want to thank those who stopped to help – but are still not totally clear about what caused the serious head injury.
Nobody witnessed the incident and CCTV does not cover the area. Although Pauline has no memories of the incident, she is thought to have been struck on the head by a falling roof tile as broken tiles were found at the scene.
Mother of three Pauline was in town to do some shopping before visiting her aunt and uncle. She had just had copies made of some old photographs when the accident happened.
Two ambulances attended together with an advanced paramedic and police. Wiltshire Air Ambulance landed in the Abbey Grounds and airlifted Pauline to Southmead Hospital.
She was put on life support, underwent a blood transfusion and spent several days in the Intensive Care Unit but thankfully her condition is no longer critical.
Pauline now faces a long recovery supported by her family who live locally in Cirencester.
Her youngest daughter Francesca, 30, said: “I’ll be forever grateful for the care and compassion shown to my mum.
“From the wonderful passer-by who raised the alarm and got help, to the police who contacted my dad so he was able to get to the scene.
“The amazing emergency service workers and air ambulance for getting her quickly to Southmead Hospital and the A&E and ICU staff who answered every question and took the time to be there for mum and our family.
“I’m so happy she is home.”
Until her retirement in 2020, Pauline was a much-loved learning support worker at Powells Primary School.
Pandemic restrictions means she has had little opportunity to make the most of her retirement yet In time, she hopes to recover fully so that she can do all the things she had planned.
For now she is looking forward to being well enough to help Francesca with her allotment again as well as celebrating her 44th wedding anniversary today (March 25) with husband Glyn.
“Although I was unlucky to suffer a terrible injury doing something as simple as going to the shops, I’ve truly seen the best of humanity from the moment I was found by the kind stranger who called for help, to now when, thanks to the emergency services and the talented team at Southmead Hospital, I have the opportunity to recover at home surrounded by family and friends,” she said.
“I’ve lived in Cirencester all my life and I’m grateful to be part of a community that has rallied around to support me and my family during this difficult time.
“Thank you so much to everyone who has contacted me with kind words and good wishes. They are much appreciated.”
Pauline and her family want people to be aware that Wiltshire Air Ambulance is a registered charity which relies on donations to keep saving lives. You can donate to Wiltshire Air Ambulance at wiltshireairambulance.co.uk/donate
They are also grateful to anyone who takes time out of there to day to donate blood.