A pensioner who broke his hip was saved after using the car horn as Morse code

Mum-of-one Sam knocked on the doors of neighbors who called an ambulance and waited with Keith for an hour before her son Phillip arrived.

Sam, who worked as a driver at the nearby Queensferry store for two years, said: ‘I was delivering groceries to locals in the Garden City area when I pulled up outside a customer’s house. got out of the van, I heard someone honk a car.

“It kept going and it was like a Morse code pattern. It just felt like an SOS to me; something was wrong.

“I walked down the road to the house on the corner and saw a man lying in his driveway next to his car and he was halfway in the car and honking his horn.

“He had left his house and walked to his car and he had slipped on the flagstones of his driveway. He had dragged himself down the driveway to his car, opened the door and started to honk his horn to draw attention.

“At the time he suspected he had broken his hip as he couldn’t move his legs. I asked if I could come into his house and made him a cup of tea, gave him a blanket and cushions.

“As it was raining and freezing, his neighbor got two large umbrellas to put on him.”

“We talked about his life”

Sam also called the store to tell them what was going on and they sent another driver to pick up her deliveries so she could stay with Keith.

She added: “We just talked about his life; his late wife, the railways and the Land Rovers. All sorts of things really just to keep him busy because he was in a lot of pain.

“I think he was glad I was there. He reminded me of my own grandfather and if it was a family member in that situation, I would have hoped someone would have helped him.”

Keith’s daughter-in-law Emma then got in touch to personally thank Sam and tell him his hip was broken.

Emma said: “We can’t thank Sam enough for what she’s done. She’s amazing. We’re so happy she’s here.

“She never left him at all, she reassured him and was so lovely, caring and kind. She really went above and beyond in her professional role.”

Home shopping manager Nicky Fitzgerald has nominated Sam for an Asda service superstar award.

She said: “Recognizing the car horn as a sign of distress was just amazing. Looking after this gentleman all this time is Sam all over the place.

“She’s such a caring person. She went above and beyond for the gentleman that day. She even phoned the store so we could rearrange her deliveries so she could stay with the gentleman.”

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