NORWOOD -- A Norwood man who does part-time work for a neighboring senior citizen is credited with saving an elderly woman’s life after she fell ill.
When Joshua Eng went to a regularly scheduled visit with Nancy Demo he was concerned when she did not answer her door after several minutes of knocking, according to his mother, Theresa.
He heard the television on inside the house and the dog barking, and he became more concerned, particularly since Demo would have expected his visit.
He went inside and found Demo, too sick to answer the door.
But she refused any suggestion that she go to the hospital, according to Mrs. Eng’s account.
After finishing up the work he was doing at Demo’s house, Joshua made sure she had her medicine, water, a phone and numbers to call if she changed her mind.
Joshua, in addition to his handyman work, is a lifeguard and a basic life support instructor, and his brother Daniel is an emergency medical technician with Potsdam Rescue.
Joshua had gone home and talked about Demo with his family, and Joshua and Daniel decided to return to see Demo again.
“After assessing the situation and patiently assuring Demo that they would not leave her alone, she relented and let them drive her to the hospital,” Mrs. Eng said.
“A few hours after arriving at the hospital she had emergency surgery to save her life,” Mrs. Eng said.
The boys “stayed at the hospital until she was out of surgery and her family members could arrive in the early morning hours. Thankfully, the surgery was successful and Mrs. Demo is well on her way to making a full recovery,” Mrs. Eng said.
The proud mother said of her boys, “their sense of responsibility, kindness, and their selflessness in giving of their time have made them very unique individuals who have helped a neighbor in a critical situation and to save her life.”