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Good Samaritan nurse helps woman at store

Posted: February 13, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 13, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Patsy Mansfield is alive today because “an angel” stepped up when she fell down, victim of a suspected heart attack.

On Wednesday afternoon, the 70-year-old woman was grocery shopping at the Smart & Final store on Lyons Avenue when she collapsed at the checkout and staggered to her car.

A young off-duty nurse, who witnessed the collapse, followed her out into the parking lot only to witness the senior suffer a second,  more crippling attack.

“I managed to get into my car and then I had a worse attack,” Mansfield told The Signal on Sunday. “I knew it was bad.

“Then I heard a knock on my window.  I opened the door and she said ‘I’m a nurse. And, I couldn’t just leave you.  I think we need to call 911,’” she said, adding the nurse called 911 and flagged down paramedics when they showed up.

Mansfield said when she heard the knock at her window and looked up into the smiling fresh face of a petite, young blond woman, she thought she saw the face of an angel.

“I always believe that everyone has an angel with them,” she said. “This confirms it. 

“I believe she was in the right place at the right time. She got involved when so many people are reluctant to do that in this day and age.

“I was so touched by her willingness to get involved with me, a total stranger,” she said. “In my estimation, she had wings.”

Mansfield contacted The Signal about her story in the hope her guardian “angel” would read it and understand how appreciative and grateful she is to the woman.

Quick response

Once the nurse called 911, paramedics of the Los Angeles County Fire Department at Fire Station 73 in Newhall showed up at the parking lot, assessed her medical condition, gave her two nitroglycerin tablets and rushed her to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

Physicians at the hospital admitted Mansfield and kept her two days for observation, she said.

Although they did not diagnose her ailment as a heart attack, they told Mansfield “they couldn’t rule it out.”

Regardless, the debilitating condition was painful and worrisome for Mansfield at the time it happened.

“I was in the grocery store, at the checkout when I had this horrible pain in my chest,” she said. “I couldn’t breathe. I shoved the shopping cart against the wall.”

“A woman (nurse) asked me ‘Are you OK?’ and I said ‘Actually, I’m not.’

“She said ‘I could tell. You were awfully flushed. What are you going to do?’ and I said ‘I just need to get to my car.’”

Mansfield had parked in the middle of the store’s parking lot on Lyons Avenue.

She got to her car just when the second attack hit.

“Her goodness kicked in,” Mansfield said, about the nurse.


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