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Holliston woman, 79, felled by tree is recovering

A 79-year-old Holliston woman who was rescued after being trapped beneath a tree she chopped down down in her backyard declared from a Worcester hospital on Friday, “I’m on the mend.”

Beatrice Wardford cut down the tree with an ax in her wooded yard Thursday night. After the trunk fell on her, she was trapped, and her breathing was restricted for several minutes. The tree was estimated to be 10 inches in diameter.

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Wardford’s 16-year-old neighbor, Katelyn Springsteen, heard cries for help from the woods and followed them to where Wardford was trapped.

Springsteen called the Fire Department, and a paramedic lifted the tree off Wardford with the help of Springsteen’s father.

Wardford was sent to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, where she is recovering. She did want to discuss her situation beyond her brief comment, and the hospital would not release her condition.

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