Woman receives unexpected helping hands during medical emergency

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ANAMOSA, Iowa (KCRG) - Weather like the kind that has hit eastern Iowa over the past few weeks can make things difficult for people to get around.

But for one Anamosa woman, it also helped show her the true meaning of community.

Sheri Gilds has lived in a rural Jones County neighborhood for the last 23 years.

Gilds said she realized on Jan. 31 that something wasn't right. But she doesn't drive, so she had to call 911.

"I had been having a lot of trouble breathing, and even just walking down the hallway to get to the bathroom, I would have to stop and rest, so I knew that I needed to call an ambulance eventually," she said.

But when the ambulance came, it got stuck on one of the roads turning into Gilds'.

"The EMT driver, his name is Chad, he grabbed all his equipment, and it was snowing, and he hiked a quarter mile to my house in that super freezing cold weather," she said.

Gilds said she still can't believe someone trekked through the snow for her, even if she doesn't know Chad's last name or anything else about him.

"I was just so amazed that he had the dedication to do that," she said.

She said Chad even came to visit her in the hospital, where she stayed for a few days.

She also received help from Animal Welfare Friends in Monticello while she was there.

"They came out and picked up the dogs for me and took them to the kennel that I had arranged," Gilds said.

Gilds is back home now with her dogs, and she has one more message of thanks for Chad and everyone else who helped her.

"It meant everything to me because, you know, I'm out here ... and there's a lot of things that are hard for me to do, and just to have the assistance of people, the way that they helped me when I needed, is really amazing, and I'm so grateful," she said.