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Passers-by ignored for FIVE HOURS pensioner, 77, who had collapsed on city pavement

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

A frail pensioner who collapsed in the street nearly died of hypothermia after passing members of the public ignored him – for nearly five hours.

Great-grandfather Brian Courtney was walking to his doctor’s surgery when he fell unconscious on the pavement in central Salisbury, Wiltshire, at 8am on Wednesday.

But shockingly, hundreds of pedestrians and motorists breezed past the 77-year-old in the cathedral city without offering help until someone finally dialled 999 at 12.40pm.


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When paramedics arrived minutes later his body temperature had fallen to 26 degrees C and he was on the brink of death.

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The retired gardener, who suffers from a kidney condition, was rushed to intensive care where doctors were amazed he had survived the ordeal.

Today Mr Courtney’s furious family slammed the heartless shoppers who ‘stepped over’ the unconscious pensioner.

‘I can’t believe that nobody stopped to help him,’ said his daughter Karen Paddington, 42.

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