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She Was Trapped For Days Before Her Favorite Waitress Saved Her Life

Doreen Mann survived every elderly person's nightmare: being trapped and alone with no way of knowing if anyone will come help you.

The 87-year-old British pensioner was taking a bath when she discovered she was unable to lift herself out of the tub. Living alone. Mann was worried no one would ever discover she was stuck.

She survived by refilling the tub with hot water as needed to keep warm, and drinking from the tap to stay hydrated.

It wasn't until four days later that Sonia Congrave, the waitress at the cafe Mrs Mann attends four times a week, noticed her elderly friend had not been around recently. Congrave became concerned and called the police to ask if they would go check on her.

Officers showed up at Doreen Mann's house and entered through the unlocked patio doors. They heard her crying out for help and found her in the bathtub, covered with towels and a robe.

"It was frightening in a sense because I didn't know how long I would be stuck there," said Doreen. "I had gone for a bath at 9.30am and when I went to get out, I couldn't. I was laying there until the police came. Thanks to Sonia, the police came and found me. She is my biggest friend, I have been visiting the restaurant for years. If it wasn't for her, I would probably still be sitting there. I kept myself calm and thought 'I mustn't panic'."

Doreen Mann has since given Sonia Congrave a set of spare keys in case of an emergency. The waitress, who has worked at the cafe for 17 years, says her friend is a really strong woman, mentally.

"All she wanted afterwards was her cake and up of tea."

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