14th April 12:23
Woman lay in bathtub for five days (year time ran)
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After her rescue, 75-year-old celebrates with Coke and a cigarette
The Associated Press
Updated: 1:55 p.m. ET April 18, 2005
HAMPTON, Va. - A 75-year-old woman who lay trapped in her bathtub for
five days toasted her rescue with a Coke and a cigarette.
Jane Fromal suffered slight dehydration even though she said she ran tap
water to drink during the ordeal. She was released Sunday after being
hospitalized for four days at Riverside Regional Medical Center.
Fromal said she drew a bath April 9 to nurse a sore tailbone, then was
unable to climb out.
³I thought Id get in the tub and soak,² she said. ³I didnt know I was
going to soak for five days.²
She finally got help Wednesday when a neighbors grandson noticed
newspapers piling up in her driveway and insisted his grandmother call
Fromals family. Relatives found Fromal in the bathroom.
After she was lifted to safety and donned a warm robe, Fromal didnt ask
for food. She wanted one of her Parliament 100s and a Coke.
It wasnt the first time Fromal has been stuck in the bathtub, but her
family plans to make sure it never happens again by adding railings and
a tub chair to the bathroom.
CY: And why aren't the family making twice daily "check in" phone calls?