Man Trapped In Bathtub For Five Days

An 82-year-old man who slipped and fell in the bathtub of his Salt Lake City home says he was trapped there for five days.

Lou Beddow was found Tuesday by a neighbor who noticed Beddow
hadn't been walking his dog for a while.

The retired postal carrier says he survived on tap water after
he slipped and fell in the tub Friday.

Salt Lake City Fire Department spokesman Scott Freitag says Beddow was hospitalized in serious condition and may have suffered compression injuries.

Police in a Milwaukee suburb say they also found an elderly woman who fell in her bathtub. The 86-year-old woman from Cudahy
was discovered Tuesday and says she was trapped for four days. She was hospitalized, but her condition is not known.


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  • by jenn Location: Washington on Jan 9, 2009 at 11:01 AM
    to the Been there done that person just maybe someone want feel sorry for you when you get old. You ever thought that maybe they can't afford it?
  • by DS on Jan 9, 2009 at 06:33 AM
    I've fallen and I can't get up!
  • by John Location: Richlands on Jan 8, 2009 at 04:11 PM
    Many of the senoir citizens can not afford the life alert that has not much but some $ on it. When they have trouble with food alone they are not gone to purchase it. It is a good idea don't get me wrong. If our country is going to make improvments then they once they get to a certain age get it from the government at no cost. Sort of like the coffee at many fast food places free or reduced, I say free they have or most have earned it. If the should happen to expire then what ever remains from there medicare or SS pick up the tab.
  • by Been There, Done That Location: Pea Ridge on Jan 8, 2009 at 03:11 PM
    It's hard to feel too sorry for old folks in decline who persistently refuse to wear an aid like a "Life Alert", even when they've already fallen a number of times, or had some other compromising accident. Stubbornness does not become anyone, however old, and I've know some old folks who certainly aren't wise when it comes to helping themselves. In the case of such foolishness, it's all the more necessary to watch them closely.
  • by I Agree on Jan 8, 2009 at 04:42 AM
    I use to live in a apartment complex that had alot of senoir citizens or elderly. I would check on them from time to time. While I was living out there, a man had died and had been dead a least five days before he was discovered. That's why it's important to check on these people. If they have family that lives out of state or in-state, but different counties. Give them your number and get their number. I know this lady that told her neighbors she was going to one of her children house. Well, the lady boyfriend came to see her. He didn't get an answer. He asked the neighbors had they seen her. They told him she said she was going with one of her children. They called her child to see if she was with them. They said no, the lady was in there dead for about two days. Nobody ever thought that, she had already told them she was going with one of her children. So even if they have family, make sure you have their numbers.
  • by lou on Jan 8, 2009 at 04:13 AM
    I know of some elderly people who refuse "Life Alert." This would be my first option. But, another idea is to have a set time each morning to call. If the person does not answer, go over immediately. Any routine check in will not only help, but also make the person feel like they matter. Here is a question... what about elderly people with no family? We should check on them, too.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jan 7, 2009 at 07:11 PM
    I advised my mother to take her cordless phone with her if she goes to other rooms or outside in the yard.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jan 7, 2009 at 06:27 PM
    Any of you that have elderly parents that live alone, please get them something like "Life Alert" so if somsthing like this happens they have some way to call for help. The device can be worn around the neck or on the arm, and a push of a button will summon help from the local rescue squad. You will not be sorry and you will have more peace of mind.
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