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Mel Gowler who is recovering from a broken leg and ankle after falling on the ice in Stamford. EMN-150601-113528001
Mel Gowler who is recovering from a broken leg and ankle after falling on the ice in Stamford. EMN-150601-113528001

A woman who had a lucky escape after taking a tumble on the ice is appealing for help to find the off-duty police officer who came to her rescue.

Mel Gowler, 46, dislocated her foot and broke both her lower leg and ankle after falling over on a sheet of ice whilst visiting Stamford, with her husband, David.

The couple who had planned to enjoy a ‘nice’ Sunday walk around Stamford, ended up sat for two hours in Accident and Emergency at Peterborough Hospital after the unexpected fall.

Mel, who fell on the patch of ice in St Leonard’s Street, Stamford on the morning of Sunday, December 28, is thankful for the ‘urgent’ help provided by members of the public.

Mel’s husband, David, 49, said: “We had only just parked the car and had started walking into town when Mel suddenly fell over. Thankfully a young woman was walking by at the time and offered to call her husband who was an off -duty police officer and knew first aid.

“The couple only lived around the corner and he arrived in less than a minute. Ironically when he arrived to help, he fell over in front of us on the same patch of ice!

“Mel was in a bad state, I knew she had done something serious as she couldn’t get up or move her leg.”

The off-duty officer, along with another member of the public, helped David to lift Mel into the car to take her to hospital as the ambulance service were unable to attended unless it was a ‘life threatening situation’.

Mel, who had to have a four hour operation on her lower leg and ankle, is now recovering at home after being released from hospital on New Year’s Eve.

David is currently taking time off work to help care for his wife who is not allowed to put any weight on her foot for a minimum of six weeks.

David said: “Mel is starting to feel a little bit better, but she is having trouble sleeping due to all of the pain killers she’s having to take. I’m having to help her do everything around the house.”

The couple are keen to find out who the off-duty police officer was that helped them during the ‘difficult’ situation.

David said: “We would love to find the off-duty police officer than helped us. At the time of the accident we didn’t get the chance to ask for his name, as I was too concerned for my wives welfare.

“I’ve contacted both Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire Police, but unfortunately they were unable to help.

“We would both like to say a big thank you, we are grateful for the help we received - I wouldn’t of been able to carry my wife on my own.”

Mel, who lives in Kings Lynn, would also like to thank all of the staff who cared for her during her stay at Peterborough Hospital.

Mel said: “The care I received was second to none.”

l If you were the police officer who helped Mel, call Mercury reporter Rachel Pishhorn on 01780 758960 or e-mail rachel.pishhorn@jpress.co.uk.


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