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Lonely Elderly Lady Is Stuck in Bath for 4 Days – Only an Attentive Waitress Notices Her Absence

Ayesha Muhammad
Jun 24, 2022
08:00 A.M.
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When an elderly lady didn't show up at a nearby cafe for her weekly slice of cake and a cup of tea, a waitress became concerned and wondered if something was wrong. When she couldn't take it anymore, she decided to sound an alarm that proved life-saving.

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Have you ever experienced kindness from a complete stranger? Not everyone feels comfortable asking for help; many prefer fighting their battles silently and burying their pain deep down. But just because they're not vocal about their troubles doesn't mean they don't need love and grace.

Many people, especially elderly folks who live alone, are not always connected to people in their neighborhood. Living alone isn't easy; older people can be more vulnerable to unpleasant incidents like tripping down the stairs, strokes, passing out, or even minor injuries. The story we're sharing today sheds light on something similar.

Doreen Mann. | Source: YouTube.com/On Demand News

Doreen Mann. | Source: YouTube.com/On Demand News

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A VALUED CUSTOMER

Doreen Mann from Essex, England, started living alone after her husband was moved into a care facility for elderly people. She had been tending to herself for years and enjoyed doing one other thing as a part of her routine.

She liked visiting a cafe down in Southend's High Street, where she became a regular customer when she began living by herself. Sonia Congrave, a waitress at Tomassi's for more than 15 years, always noted when Mann came in and ordered her favorite slice of cake and tea.

Back in 2016, Congrave, who was 39 then, became deeply concerned when her regular customer didn't show up for a few days. Initially, she thought maybe a cousin of Mann's was in town.

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Sonia Congrave. | Source: YouTube.com/On Demand News

Sonia Congrave. | Source: YouTube.com/On Demand News

SOMETHING WASN'T RIGHT

However, as the days lingered and the older woman missed her weekend visit, Congrave could sense something was wrong. When she couldn't take it anymore, the astute waitress sounded an alarm.

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On the other hand, Mann, the then-87-year-old pensioner, was facing painstakingly difficult circumstances. It all started when she entered her bathtub to take a dip and reached a point where she felt she couldn't move her legs.

Congrave expressed that she and the staff at Tomassi's greatly valued and cherished Mann and loved having her around.

Doreen Mann, the 87-year-old pensioner from Essex. | Source: YouTube.com/On Demand News

Doreen Mann, the 87-year-old pensioner from Essex. | Source: YouTube.com/On Demand News

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NOBODY TO CALL FOR HELP

The senior citizen tried her best to shift her position and stand up, but her knees were locked, and her legs refused to comply. Because she lived alone and had no mobile phone, she couldn't even call for help, but she tried her best to stay calm. Mann recounted:

"I went to turn over onto my knees to get out of the bath, and I couldn't. My body wouldn't turn over. I don't understand how calm I kept. It wasn't natural. Something kept telling me 'keep calm' (sic)."

The older lady noted she was stuck in the bathtub for nearly four days, during which her mind was filled with all sorts of negative thoughts. Mann said she had nothing to keep her distracted, like a book she could read not to feel miserable. She also stated:

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"I do not know how I did it. I mean I just couldn’t get out of the bath and I was there from Friday morning until Monday morning."

Congrave pictured setting up a table at Tomassi's. | Source: YouTube.com/On Demand News

Congrave pictured setting up a table at Tomassi's. | Source: YouTube.com/On Demand News

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TRYING HER BEST

Mann revealed that she filled the bathtub with warm water, drank from the tap, and wrapped herself in a dressing gown and towel to survive the ordeal. She also added:

"The peculiar thing was I always hang my dressing gown on the boiler door but this time I hung it on the door which is right by the bath. Because I did I used that as a make shift cover. That is the only thing I had but thank goodness I had that and the towel."

Luckily, there was someone who valued Mann and immediately noticed her absence. She was not her daughter, granddaughter, or her neighbor. Instead, she was the friendly waitress at Tomassi's, where Mann was a regular customer.

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Doreen Mann, the 87-year-old pensioner from Essex. | Source: YouTube.com/On Demand News

Doreen Mann, the 87-year-old pensioner from Essex. | Source: YouTube.com/On Demand News

FINALLY RESCUED

Thanks to Congrave's quick thinking and kindness, police arrived at Mann's residence and found the doors unlocked. When the cops entered the home, they immediately heard her calling for help and found her stuck in the bathtub.

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Mann, who had been stranded in the tub since 9:30 a.m. on October 7, was finally rescued on October 10. The rescuers noted that her knees were bruised all over from her attempts to get out, and she was severely shaken.

Sonia Congrave. | Source: YouTube.com/On Demand News

Sonia Congrave. | Source: YouTube.com/On Demand News

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A GUARDIAN ANGEL

Fortunately, the nightmare was over, and Mann's life was out of danger, all thanks to the attentive and kind-hearted waitress who followed her instinct and decided to check up on her valued customer. Congrave expressed:

"I just think it would be nice for us all to just take a bit time out and remember your neighbors or remember the lady down the road you haven't seen for a few days. Just give a knock or a phone call and just say 'Are you alright (sic)?'"

Congrave pictured setting up a table inside the cafe packed with customers. | Source: YouTube.com/On Demand News

Congrave pictured setting up a table inside the cafe packed with customers. | Source: YouTube.com/On Demand News

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A LASTING CONNECTION

When Mann learned that Congrave had sent the police, she couldn't stop praising and thanking the waitress for her beautiful heart. The older lady called her "an angel" and said:

"She is not a relation of mine but we are close, she's like a daughter to me, as I haven't got anybody else. Right from when I first met Sonia I always nicknamed her as my adopted daughter."

Doreen Mann. | Source: YouTube.com/On Demand News

Doreen Mann. | Source: YouTube.com/On Demand News

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A SECOND HOME

Congrave expressed that she and the staff at Tomassi's greatly valued and cherished Mann and loved having her around. When they didn't see the pensioner in the cafe for a few days, Congrave said she felt something was wrong and decided to find out.

Mann shared that Tomassi's had become her second home, and the staff, including Congrave, were like her second family because she didn't have anyone except for a cousin who lived in Chelmsford, Essex. She also revealed:

"Going to Tomassi's was the best thing I ever did. I started going in there 13 years ago and the staff there are so kind. I do not know what I would do without Sonia and the rest of them because it is my second home, they are my second family."

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THE BOND THAT PROVED LIFE-SAVING

Congrave said she planned on buying a mobile phone for Mann for emergencies and would visit her frequently to help her in and out of the bath. Many netizens were moved by the lovely connection between Mann and Congrave and left encouraging comments for the two ladies. One user wrote:

"Behind those big beautiful blue eyes lies a heart of gold."

Another said: "After that ordeal, she is still able to laugh about it. Surely her body is old but she has a young spirit." It is beautiful how the bond between two strangers proved life-saving. Please share this heartwarming story if you think kindness has no boundaries.

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