Elderly patient risks heatstroke when home reaches 100 °F so company helps cool her off

June 26, 2018 11:40 am Last Updated: June 26, 2018 11:40 am

With bright skies, flowers blooming, and animals out to play, the summer might seem like the perfect time to go outside, but the sun presents certain dangers.

The summer sun can be straight up intense: burning your skin, making you sweat with every step, and turning the ground you walk on hot to the touch.

With this in mind, it’s often in your best interest to be in the shade outside or stay inside during the summer where there are fans or air conditioning—if you have it.

If you don’t have air conditioning though, don’t panic. There may be someone kind out there willing to get you what you need.

Housebound patient Doris Veale was living in extreme temperatures without air conditioning.


GoDocs Mobile Practice is a walk-in clinic in Danville, Virginia. Yet not everyone is able to walk in.

Certain people like Doris Veale are housebound and need GoDocs to come to them. Fortunately, the clinic is willing to accommodate.

Over the past few months, the staff there have been paying visits to Veale to check up on her health. June 18 marked the date for one of those visits and was also the hottest day Danville had experienced all year.

That day, outside temperatures reached as high as 95 degrees Fahrenheit, yet Veale was sitting there with no air conditioning! As it turned out, her A/C unit had broken a few days prior and, with no idea how to fix it, Veale had given up.

GoDocs knew that they couldn’t just leave her inside in these conditions. Internal temperatures were reaching up to 100 degrees.

According to Scientific American, prolonged exposure to this type of heat could have led Veale to faint or even die from heatstroke!

Not wanting a medical disaster on their hands, GoDocs reached out to Comfort Cooling Heating and Air for help.

Local businesses pitched in and got her a new A/C unit.

When he heard what was going on, Comfort Cooling’s Vice President Branden Nix knew that he had to act right away.

“I just didn’t feel like I could leave her like that and know about it without doing anything so, I got my guys to meet [GoDocs] over [at Veale’s home],” he told ABC 13 WSET.

Micah from GoDocs paid for a new A/C unit which was soon installed and turned on for Veale. Since then, she’s been living far more comfortably.

GoDocs is also working on getting Veale a motorized scooter to help her get around easier. They hope that these small acts of kindness will inspire others to help out those in need too.

While this gesture may have cooled Veale’s body, it also warmed her heart.

“Very thankful, I feel very fortunate that they cared to even come to your home to give you a chance, to have some things you need,” she told WSET. “That is the most thankful gift you can get to keep cool.”