Wrong Number Saves Man's Life
Woman heard struggle, called police
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 8, 2014 5:30 PM CST
Updated Feb 8, 2014 6:00 PM CST
A man called the wrong number, and it ended up saving his life.   (Alison Yin/AP Images for Assurance Wireless)

(Newser) – With a blood clot threatening his life, a British man reached for the phone and dialed the wrong number—but as wrong numbers go, this was the right one. Hearing heavy breathing and moaning, the woman who picked up initially believed she was the victim of a prank call. But after Mary Readman, 56, heard the man on the line struggling to hang up, she decided to call back. "The person was still groaning," she told the Hartlepool Mail. "I asked if they were okay, but they couldn't say anything back to me."

Readman called the police, who traced the call, headed to the stranger's house, and knocked down the door. He was on the floor; they hurried him to the hospital, and the clot was removed from his brain. "If it wasn't for what she did, and when she did it, I might not have pulled through," says Ged Hall, 59, who apparently didn't reach the phone until a day and a half after he experienced a "bizarre 20-second whirring sound" in his head and collapsed, going in and out of consciousness. Now, "they say I will get completely better within two years—that is down to her." The incident took place last year; Hall and Readman recently met for the first time, the Daily Mail reports. (Another man's life was recently saved ... by a celebrity.)

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Feb 9, 2014 6:15 PM CST
The Brit Twits struggle to assign full faith and credit to an isolated account as this to distract from the bigger picture of their abysmally failed socialist health care system. Very droll - and even daft for that matter - to report that some neurotic busybody nitwit would call back to follow-up on this to a good result.
Feb 9, 2014 11:04 AM CST
As Mel Gibson's character said in the movie Signs, "Either everything is a coincidence, or nothing is a coincidence."
Feb 9, 2014 8:41 AM CST
Yeah.. he is better off to eat healthy diet. I hope that he learn his lesson.