A trip to the shops turned into a medical nightmare for one man but caring cafe staff and a quick thinking security officer helped saved the day.
Clive McGrory (61) travelled to Callendar Square Shopping Centre from his home in Standburn last month, but his planned day of shopping took a turn for the worse when he had a seizure.
For the last ten years Clive has suffered from a neurological condition which gives him muscle tremors and effects his mobility. Reliant on a wheelchair on the day in question, he lost the use of his legs completely following the seizure.
He said: “I was just having lunch, having a sandwich when I had this massive seizure. My top half was fine, but the whole bottom half was frozen, I couldn’t move at all.”
Frightened and shaken by what had happened, Clive managed to wheel himself into the one stop shop and someone gave him the number for NHS 24. Unfortunately no nurses were available to take his call at that time.
“I just came back to the cafe and waited,” said Clive. “They gave me a cup of coffee and looked after me. Then NHS 24 said my situation wasn’t life threatening so they wouldn’t be sending an ambulance.”
That’s when Dee and Alan Steel, owners of the Any Way You Like It cafe, and security guard Robert Stewart stepped forward to help, calling Clive a special taxi with a ramp and then wheeling him into it so he could get to Forth Valley Royal Hospital.
Clive said: “When you have people like Dee, Al and Rab around it restores your faith in human nature.”
After spending a week at FVRH, Clive is now back home and fighting his way back to the mobility he had before the seizure.
He said: “I used a walker around the house and the garden before and would only use a wheelchair when I was going long distances. I’m still shaky and my balance is bad, but its up to me to get back to how I was before.”