A CANCER sufferer has thanked emergency services after being rescued from a six-hour ordeal stuck in the bath.
Tina Dayman was left in agony and could not move after slipping up in the bath at her friend’s home.
Fortunately, homeowner Gordon Spriggs was there at the time and dialled 999 after fears Tina had damaged her spine, with any movement potentially causing paralysis.
Firefighters and ambulance crews were sent to the house in Baythorn Close, Buckland and spent six hours carefully removing the 56-year-old, who has eight types of cancer.
They cut apart the bath and managed to get a sheet under Tina before sliding her out on to a stretcher. And Tina, who is from Havant, has paid tribute to the emergency crews who got her out. She said: ‘I have a neck collar on because of my spinal problems and when I slipped, I was worried I’d done some serious damage.
‘I’ve been told that any sudden movement could cause paralysis.
They were all fantastic. I just can’t put into words how much I appreciate their help and how well they did it.Havant resident Tina Bayman
‘I was trying to move but I kept falling back in. I hit the taps and ended up knocking one off, then I got my hair tangled so I couldn’t move. They were all fantastic. I just can’t put into words how much I appreciate their help and how well they did it.
‘They’re all brilliant people and such marvellous teams.’
Gordon spoke of his relief. He said: ‘They put up safety boards and covered her in fireproof blankets, it was quite scary, but they all kept her calm and comfortable until she was moved.
‘The way they worked as a team and the way they treated her with respect was brilliant, they made her feel like she hadn’t lost her dignity and did everything they could to make her feel at ease.’
Tina had a number of X-rays, but luckily only sustained bruises. Carlton Kerr, group manager at Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: ‘Tina was an excellent casualty, and the teams worked exceptionally well in very different circumstances.’