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82-Year-Old Woman Survives Fall, 30 Hours in Yard

The 82-year-old lives by herself in Hot Springs Village, and on a blistering hot day in July, that garden got the best of her in one step.
HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE, AR -- Mary Lou Caden does just fine on her own.

"I do everything but clean the gutters," she chuckled.

She takes care of her garden, too.

The 82-year-old lives by herself in Hot Springs Village, and on a blistering hot day in July, that garden got the best of her in one step.

"And I just flipped back," she recalled.  "My arm got caught in the rose bush. And my leg got caught up in a rose bush."

But that was besides the point.

"I couldn't move anyhow because everything was shattered," she said.

A broken hip kept her on her back.

That was around 11 o'clock one Sunday morning in late July.

"Very painful," she said. "I didn't pass out though."

That's when it set in that she couldn't get up.

"Maybe if a car goes by slow if I yell, 'Help' somebody will hear me," she said. "That didn't work. Who might stop by?"

She was expecting a delivery the next day.

"I think I chewed the Lord's ear off that Sunday," she chuckled.

She began to wait, staring at the sky.

It was just a waiting game, that is, until night fell.

"I heard a noise from the porch," she said. "Then I heard a hissing."

She took whatever she could find.

"Grabbed a handful and threw it over my shoulder," she said.

Thirty hours later on Monday, that delivery she was expecting finally arrived.

"Finally. That's all I thought. Finally," she said.

Five weeks later she's recovering at Good Samaritan in Hot Springs Village.

"I got all kinds of titanium in me," she said.

She's got a completely rebuilt hip.

But that's not the only thing she came away with.

"Kinda renewed my faith," she said.  "And uh... Kinda reviewed everything I had to be thankful for."




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