Alexander ‘looks more like herself’

by Wes Mayer

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Jeff Leo / The Newnan Times-Herald

Searchers regroup 30 feet from where they found eleanor Alexander alive. K-9 handler tracy Sargent stands in the center with her search-and-rescue dog, Cinco de Mayo.

Eleanor Alexander, the elderly woman missing for four days, is improving, but is still in need of serious medical attention at the Atlanta Medical Center. 

“She looks more like herself,” said daughter-in-law Becky Alexander. “With the fluids and care she has been getting, and with her body temperature back up, she looks much better.” 

Becky Alexander said the family hope to get results back from doctors soon. Since arriving at the hospital, doctors are treating the elder Alexander for dehydration and an alarmingly low body temperature. They also are thoroughly testing Alexander’s organ functions for internal damage because of the time she spent outdoors without food, water or medication.

Doctors removed the heat blanket from Eleanor Alexander today, Becky Alexander said. Eleanor Alexander arrived at the hospital with a body temperature around 80 degrees, so Becky Alexander believes the removal of the heat blanket is a good sign. 

On the other hand, Becky Alexander said she is personally doing and feeling much better. After back-to-back restless nights of only two to three hours of sleep, Becky Alexander said she and her family got a much-needed deep sleep last night. Volunteers have continued to keep in touch with Becky Alexander for updates, concerned on how Eleanor Alexander is doing. 

“All of the help we received from volunteers has been inspirational,” Alexander said. “It made a huge difference with everyone’s willingness to help.”





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