A wrong number helped save the life of a man who was lying semi-conscious on the floor of his home with a blood clot in his brain.
When Mary Readman picked up the call, all she heard was heavy breathing and groaning and assumed that she was being targeted by a sex pest. Ged Hall, 59, had suffered a brain clot at around 7.30am on 12 July last year and was on his floor, managing to drag himself to the phone to call for help but mistakenly dialed Readman's number.
When the line went dead, the 56-year old mother of three got concerned and called him back and when she heard more groaning, she got convinced that it was a serious situation and contacted the police who forced their way into Hall's house in Hartlepool and found him unconscious. He was immediately rushed to the James Cook University Hospital where the doctors were able to save his life with Hall undergoing three operations during his three-month stay.
When Hall, who is an accountant and Labour councilor, finally met up with Readman to thank her for her help, she told him that it was the way he put the phone down that made her think about calling up the police. "I was watching television and it was 9.45pm on the Saturday night when the phone just went. I thought it was a crank call but it was the way you put the receiver down that got me thinking 'should I call the police'. I don't think I did anything remarkable, but the next thing I knew, the police left a message on my phone saying thank you and that they'd got to the address of the occupant who needed medical attention", Readman said.