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Internet Saves Woman Who Fell

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Sat, 26 Nov 2005 11:18:15 -0600

Internet Allows Sons To Rescue Mother
By The Associated Press
InformationWeekFri Nov 25, 4:04 PM ET

OSLO, Norway (AP)--A Web camera in a Norwegian artist's living room in
California allowed her sons in Norway and the Philippines to see that
she had collapsed and call for help, one of the sons said last week.

Karin Jordal, 69, collapsed Thursday in her living room in Pinon
Hills, California, and was motionless on a couch when her son Tore in
the Philippines checked in through the Internet.

"He tried to call her, and got no answer," Tore's brother, Ole Jordal,
said by telephone from the western Norway city of Bergen. "He had also
tried to call the police and ambulances (in California) but couldn't
get through."

Ole Jordal said his brother then called him in Norway, as he and his
wife, Tammy, originally from Long Island, New York, were having

"My wife is American and she knew exactly whom to call for help," he
said. "It took five or 10 minutes for the ambulance personnel to

He said the family was on the verge of tears when they watched on the
Web camera as ambulance personnel assisted their diabetic mother, who
is recovering in the Desert Valley Hospital in California.

"I thank that camera and my sons for my life," Karin Jordal told the
Norwegian newspaper Bergens Tidende by telephone from her hospital
bed. She has lived in the U.S. and Spain on and off for the past 15

Ole Jordal said low blood sugar caused his mother's collapse, and that
she would be allowed to go home after a few days in the hospital. He
said the family set up Web cameras in their homes because of the high
cost of staying in touch by telephone when they live so far apart.

"But now I see the Internet as a way to save lives. It's also a
wonderful tool for people who live alone in some remote area, and
might need help," he said.

The mother had been unconscious for about two hours before her sons
checked in, so there was also an element of luck, since they only use
the camera a few times a week.

Copyright 2005 CMP Media LLC.

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