© Sharon Montgomery-Dupe - TC MEDIA
Georgina MacDonald, 71, of Glace Bay, relaxes in her home with her chihuahua-dachshund mix Molly. MacDonald, still recovering from injuries suffered following an alleged attempted purse snatching, said she's overwhelmed and grateful for the support from the public.
A Dutch Brook area man refuses to be called an angel but says he‚Äôs surrounded by them.
Cape Bretoner Pat Poirier says after 71-year old Georgina MacDonald of Glace Bay was attacked and injured during a recent alleged attempted purse snatching, he wanted to help, and quickly found out, so did everyone else.
"The hero in here is Georgina and all the dentists that stepped up,‚ÄĚ he said.
‚ÄúWhen I‚Äôd mention her name and the incident, everyone wanted to help."
Poirier said it all began when he saw the story in the Cape Breton Post of MacDonald, who suffered multiple injuries after someone tried to snatch her purse.
"Her picture jumped off of the page and touched me." he said.
"Her innocence ‚ÄĒ how her hands were folded ‚ÄĒ I could just see the goodness of this woman."
Although there was a blinding blizzard in progress the day he read her story, Poirier not only purchased two dozen flowers but also delivered them to MacDonald in Glace Bay
"When I showed up at her house, it took her a while to shuffle to the door ‚ÄĒ it broke my heart."
MacDonald's husband Calder asked if he was with an organization.
‚ÄúI said 'I‚Äôm just an ordinary citizen that wants to let you know there are good people in the world and that people care.'"
Poirier said he knew more had to be done for her and canvassed various dentists and every one wanted to help. He called MacDonald's dentist first who was on board, however it was discovered her injuries would prevent her in getting up the stairs. A second dentist was willing but was going on vacation. He then called Dr. Chris Barrett of Bayside Dental who jumped right on it.
"His secretary said, 'He mentioned to me to call her anyway, it was in his heart already to do so.'"
Poirier said MacDonald has had the work done and phoned him.
"She said she can't stop smiling," he said.
"She said walking into the dental office was like walking into a spa ‚ÄĒ they called her a hero because she never gave up her purse, she was victorious."
On March 27, MacDonald used the banking machine at the Bank of Montreal on Union Street in Glace Bay, and while walking to her vehicle in the Royal Canadian Legion parking lot was allegedly attacked by a man trying to snatch her purse.
MacDonald had her purse strap wrapped tightly around her wrist. After refusing to give it up, she was pushed face down on the pavement. It's believed a vehicle entering the parking lot scared the culprit away.
She suffered a bump on her head, a cut lip, two broken teeth, and severe bruising and injuries to her legs.
Still recovering, MacDonald has only been out a few times since the incident but has been amazed by the support shown for her.
"'I've never gotten this kind of attention in my life. I went to church Sunday and was getting all kinds of hugs," she said.
She said she‚Äôs appreciative to the people who came to her assistance in the legion parking lot the day of the alleged attack, as well as Poirier.
She is also overwhelmed by Barrett fixing her teeth.
"When I went down to the dentist office, they all stood there and said, 'Here comes the hero,'" she said.
"They were all so nice. My teeth look exactly like the teeth I lost, you can't tell the difference. I don‚Äôt know how to explain how good I feel.
‚ÄúFrom what I went through, now the way I see it is for every bad people out there, there are sure a whole lot of good ones."
MacDonald said she's still in a lot of pain when she walks, her doctor says she will need another three to six weeks to start feeling a difference.
She said the ordeal has affected her.
"I can't go anywhere alone right now," she added.