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Attentive mail carrier discovers stroke victim

Published Oct. 1, 2005


An attentive mail carrier may have helped save an elderly, legally blind woman's life Monday when he noticed she was disoriented and unable to speak.

Palmer Allen, who has delivered in the Stetson University College of Law neighborhood for several years, reported 73-year-old Jeannette McDonald's condition to her daughter-in-law Marjorie McDonald, who lives two blocks away.

Marjorie McDonald went to her mother-in-law's house and called 911. A rescue team took the older woman to Palms of Pasadena, where she is being treated in intensive care for a stroke, her daughter-in-law said.

"Had he not come down here and let me know, I wouldn't have seen her for a day, and then who knows?" said Marjorie McDonald.

"For someone to care that much, for him to let me know something was out of the ordinary, I think he deserves some recognition," she said.

Allen, who wasn't available for comment, usually takes the mail to Jeanette McDonald's front door because she can't see well enough to walk out to the curb box. "He'll bring it to the door and tell her if she has a power bill," said her daughter-in-law.

When Allen delivered about noon Monday, he noticed Mrs. McDonald's door was partly open, saw that she had one slipper off and realized she wasn't able to speak.

She was improving Tuesday, said Marjorie McDonald. "Hopefully, it won't be permanent paralysis," she said. "Catching her so soon helped."

Of Allen, she said: "He's very conscientious. He'll even deliver mail that has the wrong address on it."