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Mary Newsome wears a lifeline button after she had a frightening experience after her volunteer shift at the hospital. Mary Newsome wears a lifeline button after she had a frightening experience after her volunteer shift at the hospital.
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MORGAN COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Needlepoint enthusiast, Mary B. Newsome, is a 92-years-young active volunteer at Decatur Morgan Hospital's Decatur General Campus. She had a frightening experience. 

"Well a year or so ago I worked at Decatur General, my full shift, and got home and walked to the sink and everything just blacked out," said Newsome.

Eventually a neighbor called 9-1-1 and Mary spent some time in the hospital. When she was released her family gave her some options.

"My family said it was either get a button or either go live with some of them. But that's just out of the question," added Newsome.

Melanie Odom, head of the Lifeline program, explained how the "necklace" with a button is worn around the neck and is offered through the Decatur General Campus.

There are two separate versions, according to Odom, who is the senior services assistant. "The difference is the auto alert button is a fall detection button. If you fall and lay flat for 30 seconds it will go off and send a signal for you."

The alert button is good if you are incapacitated. The other is a button you can push yourself, if you fall.

The signal from the button goes to a response center in Massachusetts. They in turn call family, neighbors or the local 9-1-1.

The alert buttons have a range that can go all the way from a mailbox to a backyard fence.

Newsome said she's lived in her house in South West Decatur about 30 years. "It's just home and I don't want to go any where else." And now with Lifeline she won't have to.

http://www.decaturgeneral.org/services/lifeline.php

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