Woman, 82, thanks daughter for saving her life after blood clot
PUBLISHED: 06:04 31 May 2019
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A woman has praised her daughter for helping to save her life after she called an ambulance when her leg turned white.
Jo Nelson, from Nailsea, was in 'absolute agony' due to a sudden pain in her leg which left her thrashing around on the bed.
Her daughter Tracey, aged 55, ignored her mum's protestations that the pain would ease and instead called an ambulance.
Jo, aged 82, was given a CT scan when she arrived at Southmead Hospital, before being whisked straight into theatre to remove a large blood clot from her groin.
She said: "I would not be here to tell the tale if she hadn't been there.
"The pain was like nothing I've ever had before, not even when I was pregnant.
"It was a vicious pain running down my leg, like fire coursing through my blood.
"I couldn't stand it. I was thrashing my leg around.
"She wanted to call someone, but I said not to fuss as I was sure it would go.
"She began to suspect something was very wrong when after about an hour, she watched my right leg, from the knee down to the toes go pure white and when she felt the toes they were ice cold.
"She ignored me and phoned 111 and when giving them the symptoms they said for her to ring the ambulance straight away.
"They said it was a good job my daughter ignored me because they couldn't say whether I would still be here."
Jo wants to thank her daughter and the 'brilliant' staff at Southmead Hospital who reacted so quickly to save her.
She said: "I'm absolutely proud of her (Tracey).
"Without her common sense I don't know what would have happened. Thanks to her ignoring me and calling the ambulance, I'm still around and very pleased to be here.
"I've got three daughters and three grandchildren and they are all so lovely - I've been thoroughly spoilt.
"I must also thank the vascular staff at Southmead.
"I, for one, think we are so very lucky to have such a wonderful NHS service, who are so dedicated to their job.
"Especially as Dr David Bosanquet who was due to go off duty after a very long day at the hospital, but told me I was more important.