Injured grandma ignored after fall

UPSET: Lauraine Ford of South Grafton recovers after her driveway fall. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN
UPSET: Lauraine Ford of South Grafton recovers after her driveway fall. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN

SHE remained sprawled on the driveway, unable to move.

She tried to call for help, but could hardly manage to squeeze out her words.

And as people walked past Lauraine Ford, not one stopped to check if she was okay.

"I could see about eight people in my street," Ms Ford said.

"Two children were waiting for the school bus, cars went by and about four people walked past me - not one person stopped."

With tears running down her face, Ms Ford told The Daily Examiner she was sickened no one came to her aid when she fell over on her driveway at about 8.30am Monday.

The 59-year-old long-time South Grafton resident said she was unable to get back up when she tripped and stayed there for about 15 minutes until her son arrived and could give her a hand.

"I finally got my granddaughter to come out with the cordless phone so I could call her father and he had to leave work to come and help me," Ms Ford said.

"If he hadn't have come, I would probably still be on that driveway."

Ms Ford suffers from osteoporosis and epilepsy and is waiting for a hip replacement, so getting up from the floor by herself is a challenge.

"And I have a broken toe, so I can't pull myself up," she said.

Clearly shaken by the ordeal, Ms Ford said she was ready to "pack her bags and leave".

"I couldn't believe it - not in my neighbourhood," she said.

"If that was someone else I would go straight to their aid, not just turn a blind eye."

A former diversional therapist, Ms Ford said she had spent her career caring for others, but was sickened that when it was time for someone to help her, no one was there.

"It just shows how uncaring some people in this town are."

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