Guardian Angel Saves Diabetic Man’s Life

Langford, SD, Rural Carrier Coleen Monson.

Langford, SD, Rural Carrier Coleen Monson.

When Langford, SD, Rural Carrier Coleen Monson noticed that one of her customers hadn’t picked up his mail for a few days, she became concerned. She knew the man was diabetic and lived alone, and he always picked up his mail a few minutes after she left it there.

Monson couldn’t gain contact with the customer to verify her concerns, so she contacted his family and told them about the situation. Later that evening, she learned that the customer had been in bed for several days, hadn’t eaten and was in bad shape.

The man was flown to a Sioux Falls hospital where doctors discovered that his kidneys had shut down. He was in a coma for several days, but regained consciousness after several kidney dialysis treatments.

Later on, the customer’s family told him about Monson’s actions to save his life and that she was his guardian angel. The man became emotion at the revelation. Monson continued to help the customer while he recovered at the hospital by taking care of his dogs until he returned home.

“Coleen watches out for all her customers,” said Postmaster Becky Wegleitner. “This is the second time she alerted someone about one of her customers.”

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