A RETIRED teacher says she is lucky to be alive after collapsing in her porch for four days without food and water.
June Blitz, 83, was found by her brother-in-law who, worried he could not rouse her on the telephone, spied her lying on the floor through the letter box.
Police had to break into her home in Marjoram Crescent, Waterlooville, to let paramedics in.
Miss Blitz, who retired from Springfield School in 1988, said: ‘I feel extremely lucky.
‘I can’t see how I managed to survive that long. Except that I’ve probably got a strong constitution – or perhaps I’m stubborn. I suppose it could be down to my good health – although I do eat double cream and cheese occasionally.’
The ordeal began on the evening of April 29 when Miss Blitz returned home following a game of Scrabble with friends.
I feel extremely lucky. I can’t see how I managed to survive that long. Except that I’ve probably got a strong constitutionJune Blitz
She says she has no idea what happened next but cannot remember feeling scared, just being unable to get up.
‘I don’t remember feeling faint,’ she said. ‘I was carrying bags so perhaps I overbalanced.
‘I’ve got two very deep ulcers where I landed on my back but I wasn’t aware of being in pain at the time.
‘I was obviously hallucinating because I remember thinking people were coming in and doing my ironing. Unfortunately they hadn’t! I think that was down to dehydration.
‘I didn’t realise the passage of time and had no idea four days had passed. I was warm because my heating is always on. The phone was ringing but I’m always doing things so, at first, people thought I was out gallivanting.’
Miss Blitz was eventually rescued on May 3 and spent 10 days in hospital recovering. She was dehydrated and delirious and was treated for pressure sores but otherwise healthy.
She said: ‘I cannot thank the NHS and police enough. From the paramedics to the hospital staff, to the carers who have looked after me since I’ve been home.
‘The care is faultless and I want to thank them for all they have done.’
In a statement South Central Ambulance Service said: ‘We are really pleased to hear that June is recovering well from her ordeal. Despite having been on the floor for so long she was in good spirits and was a delight to treat.’