Blocked Door Leaves Farmington Hills Woman Out in the Cold

The 76-year-old is recovering from hypothermia, after stuck and snow-blocked doors kept her from entering her home Monday night.

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A 76-year-old Farmington Hills woman is recovering from hypothermia, after she was unable to get inside her home on Flanders Street Monday night

The incident happened at around 7 p.m., when the temperature and wind chill had fallen well below zero.

According to Farmington Hills Police, when the woman arrived home, she was unable to get a side door open and the home's front door was blocked by snow. She struggled to get across the street, falling twice and hitting the back of her head, before arriving at the house of a neighbor, who called for help. 

When officers arrived, the woman complained of feeling cold, tired and weak, but was responsive. However, when Farmington Hills Fire Department medics moved her from her neighbor's living room armchair, the woman went grey, her pulse raced and her blood pressure dropped. 

She was taken to Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital for treatment, police said. 

While medics tended to the woman's health, neighbors made sure her home was warm and shoveled snow so she could get inside. Police said the woman has regular contact with her daughter and is able to take care of herself. 

However, the officer who filed the report asked for a follow up with the City of Farmington Hills Senior Division, to determine whether any additional assistance could be provided. 
Susie Hensoldt January 29, 2014 at 09:25 AM
Poor thing! I hope she can make a complete recovery...


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