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Octogenarian in 48-hour sun lounger ordeal

The Local · 23 May 2012, 09:56

Published: 23 May 2012 09:56 GMT+02:00

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“I saw that her paper hadn’t been brought in and I thought ‘what on earth has happened’,” said a neighbour to daily Kvällsposten.

The elderly woman had stepped out on her balcony on Saturday to enjoy the warm weather which swept across Sweden in recent days.

Planning to make the most of the beautiful day she sat down on her sun lounger. But suddenly the fabric of the chair broke, causing the woman to fall through.

Despite repeated attempts to free herself from the lounger fabric’s grip, the octogenarian found that she was stuck in a position from she couldn't extract herself unaided.

After the woman failed to turn up at church on Sunday, her friends started to get worried, reports Kvällsposten.

“When I heard that I knew immediately that something had happened, she hasn’t missed a church meeting in years,” said chairwoman of the tenant’s association board Lilian Orrgren to the paper.

By Monday afternoon her friends and the other residents in the building started to worry something was really wrong and called the caretaker.

The caretaker called Orrgren, and together with another association board member they entered the 84-year-old’s flat with a skeleton key, according to the paper.

Well in the flat, they found the helpless octogenarian on the balcony, held prisoner by the broken sun lounger.

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She was reportedly conscious and, considering the circumstances, was holding up well.

The 84-year-old was subsequently taken to the local hospital, however, where she was treated for minor injuries, according to the paper.

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Your comments about this article

10:21 May 23, 2012 by JulieLou40
So the woman from the tenants' association knew something was wrong on Sunday...and yet they never went into the flat til Monday??
10:51 May 23, 2012 by karex
That's what I was thinking too.
20:03 May 23, 2012 by AndreaGerak
wonderful word this octogenarian is, thanks! Always happy to learn.
21:28 May 23, 2012 by dizzymoe33
Well at least they realized something was wrong and eventually did something to help her.
06:33 May 24, 2012 by Da Goat
Lucky she attends Church ....other wise she would be toast!
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