Thursday 23 October 2014

Mother appeals for strangers to help those in distress after passers-by ignore ill daughter

Published 14/02/2014 | 14:33

The incident took place near Eyre Square in Galway

A MOTHER has said people should take more notice of strangers who appear to be in distress - after her ill daughter was ignored last week

The woman's 22-year-old daughter Erica took ill in a shopping centre near Eyre Square in Galway on Monday morning and ended up doubled over in pain.

The NUIG student had a cyst on her ovary which hemorrhaged, leaving her in awful pain. She called her mother who rushed over to the centre.

She wasn't able to lift her phone and her hands were numb, the woman - who gave her first name as Anne - told Joe Duffy on RTE Radio. Despite her difficulties, only one woman went over to help Erica.

Anne believes this might be due to Erica's youth or the belief that it may have been alcohol-related.

"My main point is that if she was an older person, people would have stopped and asked. She’s 22, but looks about 16," Anne said.

"She would have appreciated if people sat with her. She thought her appendix was going to burst.

"I know people would have been in a hurry to get to work, but I would just appeal to people to think twice."

Erica is still resting after the incident, but she is okay.

"She got an awful fright," her mother said.

Irish Independent

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