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Newspaper carrier for The Oklahoman helps save fallen woman from hypothermia

Kenia Bettencourt, a newspaper carrier for The Oklahoman, helped save the life of a stranger on her paper route Jan. 8.
BY NASREEN IQBAL Published: February 9, 2013

Prentice was taken to Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City, where a doctor treated her for a badly fractured left arm and hypothermia. She was told that had she been outside for much longer she might not have lived.

“I don't know what would have happened to me had she not come along,” Prentice said. “This little girl was so kind. She waited with me the whole time. She said to me, ‘I'm not going to leave you until EMSA comes.'”

Learning experience

Prentice is still recovering from her fall and said she has learned to be more cautious.

“There are so many seniors who make poor choices about going outside like I did. I sometimes think I can save the world, but I can't. We try to be independent in the wrong way,” Prentice said.

“If you are a senior and hear something outside, don't go outside. Stay inside and call 911. If you have to go outside, for heaven's sake, take your cellphone,” she said.

Prentice now wears a Life Alert device that she can use in an emergency.

Bettencourt told her husband and five children about what happened that morning.

“I tell my kids, ‘What if that was you? What if that was your grandma? Wouldn't you want someone to help?' That's how I was raised, too,” she said.

Prentice said she is grateful to Bettencourt and everyone at Mercy Hospital. She now subscribes to The Oklahoman and hopes to see Bettencourt again, under better circumstances.


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