Brampton senior who went missing set to be released from hospital next week

Brampton senior who went missing set to be released from hospital next week
Carole Berry, 73, will miss Seedy Saturday this year, an event she founded, but that s OK, says the Brampton woman s daughter Susan, because Berry is safe and sound after a four-day ordeal.  (John Stewart)

Braeden Murray, an employee of Food Basics in Georgetown, was presented with a certificate of honour from Halton Hills mayor Rick Bonnette after he helped a woman who had fallen in the store parking lot. Carole Berry, from Brampton, had been missing for four days when Murray found her.  (Alexandra Heck)

By Pam DouglasBrampton Guardian

Sat., Feb. 24, 2018

A Brampton senior who mysteriously disappeared Feb. 15 and was found slumped beside her SUV in Georgetown days later is expected to be released from hospital some time next week.

“She’s eating well, walking around, joking and interested in what’s going on in the Olympics,” said daughter Susan Berry on Wednesday.

Doctors and nurses at Georgetown District Hospital are amazed by her quick recovery, she said.

Carole Berry, 73, was found Sunday afternoon (Feb. 18) collapsed beside her SUV in a remote part of the Food Basics grocery store parking lot in Georgetown. She was affected by hypothermia, was dehydrated and needed help getting up.

Her friends and family had been searching for the well-known local volunteer for days.

She left her Brampton condo around 10:45 a.m. to buy cupcake mix for Family Day with her granddaughters.

What happened after that is still “a bit of a mystery,” her daughter said. Police and doctors are still working to figure that out, because her mother’s explanation that the Brampton grocery store she went to was closed so she drove to Georgetown is puzzling.

“There are plenty of grocery stores in Brampton that are a lot closer,” Susan Berry said.

“She can’t recall what happened in a way that makes sense,” she said, adding some kind of medical episode may have led to the incident.

Susan Berry praised the work of the many volunteers who organized searches for her mother, including Brampton Rotary, the Unitarian Church in Mississauga, and in particular John Sanderson and Vanora Spreen who spearheaded the searches.

She is also grateful to Braeden Murray, 20, the grocery store clerk who found her and called an ambulance.

He was presented with a certificate Tuesday night by Halton Hills Mayor Rick Bonnette, who called him a “local hero.”

Needless to say, Berry’s friends and family are elated to have her back, and although she will miss Seedy Saturday this weekend, an event she founded in Mississauga 15 years ago, she will be around to celebrate her 50th wedding anniversary this August, and the young man who found her is definitely getting an invitation, Susan Berry said.
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