Woman saves elderly neighbor's life

Jo Trimble (Courtesy; Jo Trimble)
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FISHERS, Ind. (WTHR) — A Fishers woman who wanted to help her neighbor with some groceries ended up being in the right place at the right time to save her life.​

Amy McDonald said she has a soft spot in her heart for senior citizens.​​

"With all the madness going on in the grocery store, I thought I can just ask some of my elderly neighbors if they needed something," McDonald said. "I didn't think they needed to be dealing with the crowds because they're vulnerable."

Amy McDonald (Courtesy: Amy McDonald)

Amy went to four of her neighbor's homes. One of them was 89-year-old Jo Trimble. She lives alone.

"I got to Jo's house, and she was sick and kind of discouraged me from getting anything for her, and I said I can still go to the grocery store for you and put it on the floor when I get back," said McDonald. ​​

McDonald ended up going to two different grocery stores because of limited availability. She dropped off Jo's groceries last.​​

"When she answered the door she said, 'I feel horrible,'" said McDonald. "She looked more pale. She had less energy."​​

Despite Trimble not feeling well, McDonald still put her groceries away.​​

"At this point I thought it was stomach flu. I didn't care if I got sick if it meant staying with her. I just, I couldn't leave her," McDonald said.

She said Trimble began vomiting and then said her chest hurt, and she was in pain. McDonald encouraged her to lie down. ​​

"She looked at me and mumbled, 'I need help,'" McDonald said.

McDonald texted her friend, a retired nurse.​ It turns out, Trimble was having a heart attack. ​

McDonald called 911.​ ​

Trimble's daughter, Kelly, called the home just in time.​​

"I was scared but happy Amy was there and ready to stay with my mom until we could get help," Kelly Trimble said.

Kelly said her mom didn't have a heart condition.​​

"My mom has been to the heart doctor. We had no idea she had heart issues," she said. "My mom is really good at following her own health. It's not something we ignored. I recall going to the doctor with her recently and her EKG was normal."

Doctors said Jo had a widowmaker heart attack. It's caused by a 100-percent blockage of the left anterior descending (LAD) artery. Some symptoms may go unnoticed.​ ​

Kelly said she's thankful McDonald stayed with her mom.​​

"She persisted, and my mom is alive," Kelly said.​​

Trimble is recovering in rehab. Her family hopes she'll be home soon. ​​

"I'm grateful I was in the right place at the right time," McDonald said.

They both encourage everyone to check on their neighbors, especially during these times. They say you never know who's life you may be able to save. ​