- The Washington Times - Friday, April 15, 2005

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — A 75-year-old woman who lay trapped in her bathtub for five days toasted her rescue with a cola and a cigarette.

Jane Fromal suffered slight dehydration even though she said she ran tap water to drink during the ordeal, which ended Wednesday evening.

Doctors said they would keep her at the hospital for a few days to make sure her muscles were working right.

Miss Fromal drew a bath Saturday afternoon to nurse a sore tailbone.

?I thought I’d get in the tub and soak,? she said Thursday as she rested at Riverside Regional Medical Center. ?I didn’t know I was going to soak for five days.?

She tried to lift herself up a number of times but was unable to do so. Her elbows and forearms were left raw and sore.

She didn’t sleep much during the five days. ?How can you sleep in a bathtub??

She finally got help when a neighbor’s grandson noticed newspapers piling up in her driveway and insisted his grandmother call Miss Fromal’s family.

Shaun Foley, 21, who has known Miss Fromal since he was a child, tried banging on her doors and windows and noticed that her mailbox was stuffed.

James Mountjoy, Miss Fromal’s grandson-in-law, burst through a locked storm door. Family members found her in the bathroom off her upstairs bedroom. Her two Maltese dogs were nearby.

After donning a warm robe, being lifted to safety and drinking a little water, Miss Fromal didn’t ask for food. She wanted one of her Parliament 100s and a Coke.

It wasn’t the first time Miss Fromal, who has a little trouble with her legs, has been stuck in the bathtub. A few weeks ago she lay in the tub all day.

But now, her family plans to make sure it never happens again.

Railings and a tub chair will be added in Miss Fromal’s bathroom, Mr. Mountjoy said. And maybe a waterproof case for the phone.

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