DALLAS -- Edna Bishop, 82, of Dallas was injured on Monday, April 24 while puttering around in her garden. She lost her balance and impaled her arm on a large planter hook.
Bishop was unable to free her arm, and she began calling for help. She said she waited for nearly 15 minutes before anyone responded.
At that same time, Jerin Schumway was returning to Dallas Family Medicine, where he works part-time as a delivery and maintenance employee. Schumway heard cries for help and hopped two fences to find out where they were coming from.
He saw Bishop leaning against the wall.
"At first I wasn't sure what was wrong," Schumway said. "It must have just happened, because there wasn't a lot of blood. I told her not to move, that I'd be right back with help."
"He's a really nice young man," Bishop said a few days later. "My land! He jumped two fences -- I was sitting there on my behind and he came up and said, 'Don't worry, I'm gonna get a doctor' -- and away he went!
"He couldn't get a doctor, but he brought a registered nurse and another young woman. Then he called 911."
Jennifer Mullins, a medical assistant, and Faith Shinn were working at Dallas Family Medicine when Schumway came running in asking for help.
They followed him to Bishop's house, bypassing the fences that Schumway had jumped earlier, opting for a longer route through Bishop's front yard.
"Everyone was so nice," Bishop said.
"They stayed with me until the ambulance came. And my word, they came all right -- two fire trucks, an ambulance and a police car, just to help me! The detective was so nice, he sat with me the whole time and told me not to look while they cut the hook off the wall.
"But I wanted to look. I didn't want to miss that!"
She was transported to West Valley Hospital, where she was treated and released.
Bishop, like many senior citizens, has had trouble with dizzy spells and falls.
"One-third of adults over age 65 falls each year, and falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths for this age group," said Troy Hattan, a physical therapist and balance-improvement instructor at West Valley Hospital.
The hospital conducts Balance Improvement and Fall Prevention classes on a regular basis. For information on the next sessions, call 503-561-5639.