A 67-year-old woman was reportedly looking at her cellphone when she fell down an open cellar door on a sidewalk in Plainfield, New Jersey, on June 8 (video below).
A surveillance camera filmed the woman as she dropped down 6 feet, notes WABC.
A crowd gathered as the Plainfield Fire Division lifted the woman out of a basement. She was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries.
The police said it appeared the woman was distracted by her cellphone, but the woman's son told WCBS that his mom is diabetic and legally blind:
When I first saw the video, my heart dropped. It was painful to watch ... She regularly takes on schedule her meals and checks her sugar. As far as I was told, when she was walking down the street, she felt a little nauseous in a sense, and looked at her phone to see what time it was.
According to the son, his mom has problems with blended colors, and he wished the workers had put up warning signs or indicators.
"She may be hurt, but at least she’s alive," he added.
Text messaging on the woman's cellphone might be able to help her and other diabetics lower their blood-sugar levels, according to a new study.
The Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute in La Jolla, California, placed 126 people with Type 2 diabetics into two groups: one group that received normal care, and a second that received text messages reminding them to diet and exercise, or told them to check their blood-sugar levels, according to a June 9 report in The San Diego Union-Tribune. Those in both groups did not have well-controlled blood-sugar levels when the study began.
After six months of being studied, the people who received texts saw their "A1c" blood glucose levels drop from 9.5 percent to 8.5 percent, which is close to the results of some glucose-lowering medications. The people who were under normal care had 0.2 percent drop in their levels. Neither of the diabetic groups were able to bring their average level down to 5.7 percent, the recommended level of glucose.
Dr. Athena Philis-Tsimikas, who co-authored the study, said in a statement: "Taken together, these findings suggest that on a wider scale, a simple, low-cost, text message-based approach like the one offered through the Dulce Digital (program) has the potential to significantly benefit many people who struggle every day to manage their diabetes and maintain their health."