My Most Peculiar Christmas Story Ever!!
--by AndiCas, posted Jan 21, 2017
Some hours later a young woman staggered past my window. Running out, it didn't take long to work out that it was she that they were searching for. I recognized her, having given her directions and some food about 3 weeks previously. I took her in and made tea and porridge whilst informing the police that she was safe.
It turned out that after she left here, she had been turned away by the people she was hoping to stay with and was on her way back here (myself being the only person in the country that she 'knew' following our last meeting!) when she got stuck in her car.
For some reason only she could explain, she stayed with the car for 22 days and had no food for 14 of those after the emergency supplies I'd given her last time we met ran out. When she started to get heart palpitations she called emergency services, but then managed to get her car going again and came here. When she arrived she was so weak from malnutrition and exposure that she could hardly stand, was making no sense, and had sores all over her face.
She was awfully scared of the police so I had to help them persuade her to go to hospital where she was kept in over night. The next day I helped her get back from hospital but she was still really weak and had nowhere to go and no money so she joined me and my family for Christmas.
I helped her to get the medication she was prescribed, contacted her mother back home, helped to organize some money, my husband checked over her car, and ultimately I was able to organize a longer term stay with a friend who would appreciate her help in exchange for more suitable accommodation than I was able to offer. She left last week with a pile of warm clothing I dug out. My most peculiar Christmas story ever!!