Ellie arrived in nick of time
BERNADETTE Linegar is thanking God she has good friends.
The 81-year-old Kingscliff woman feared the worst on October 9 when she had a heart attack while in the shower.
“There are 10 units here and I was screaming out 'Help', but no one could hear me,” Ms Linegar said.
“It took me four hours to crawl to the phone and I just couldn't reach it.
“I was nearly dead, I had about half an hour left to live.”
Just when Ms Linegar was about to give up all hope of being found there was a knock at her door.
“I was praying for God to send me an angel, and that angel was Ellie.”
Ms Linegar had not seen her friend Ellie Cuneen in more than four years when she miraculously decided to call on her out of the blue.
“I have never been so pleased to see anyone in my life.
“Don't tell me there isn't a God.”
Ms Cuneen, who now lives in Casino, met Ms Linegar eight years ago when she boarded with her at South Tweed Heads.
Ms Linegar yelled to her friend to call an ambulance.
“Within a minute the ambulance and police were here.
“You would have no idea the relief I felt,” she said.
Ms Linegar was rushed to The Tweed Hospital where she stayed for a few nights.
“You wouldn't believe it, the day after I got home from the hospital I went to Woolworths and slipped on a sandwich,” she said. “Woolworths were absolutely wonderful to me, so kind and caring.”
Fortunately, Ms Linegar was able to be treated for her injuries on the scene by ambulance officers.
“I cannot speak too highly of community health, Woolworths, the police, ambulance officers and those wonderful people at The Tweed Hospital,” Ms Linegar said.
“Woolworths sent me a box of groceries for free. They were marvellous.
And the staff at Schooners Liquor store, they have come twice to see me since. They're so thoughtful.”