Hotel maid's persistence saves life

HUNTSVILLE, AL - The persistence of a Huntsville airport hotel housekeeper has helped saved the life of a Maryland man who was ill when he returned to his room.

The housekeeper, Alice Chisom, insisted on getting medical help for the guest, Thomas Wood, whose business is in Hunt Valley, Md.

Wood, at the airport for a business meeting, initially said he thought he had the flu and just needed to get warm. But Chisom waited in the hallway, and when his condition got no better, she summoned help at the Four Points by Sheraton hotel.

The Huntsville Times reported Monday that Wood was taken to a hospital where he had emergency gall bladder surgery.

Chisom said Wood's wife called her after he received the medical help last week and described Chisom as her husband's angel.

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