A woman from Bury St Edmunds who spent Sunday night in a police cell says it was the best night’s sleep she has had in weeks.
Jennifer Bluett has a narrowing of her windpipe which means she struggles to breathe.
“I can’t really move or do anything and I’m scared to go to sleep in case I don’t wake up,” she said.
But on Sunday, she was arrested following an incident at a hospital and slept ‘like a log’ while in police custody.
She says scar skin cells regularly cause her windpipe to become blocked and, although she has an operation scheduled later this month, for the frightened 31-year-old that day can not come soon enough, causing her to feel let down by the health service.
She said: “In the cell, I felt safe. I had a camera on me and knew I was being watched by an officer. I slept like a log in the knowledge that if I screamed for help because my breathing got worse, someone would be around to help – care, I feel, the NHS should be providing.”
“It’s sad that it’s easier for me to get a bed in a cell and be kept safe than it is for me to get a hospital bed.”
A spokeswoman for Addenbrooke’s Hospital, which will perform the operation, confirmed Miss Bluett was scheduled for treatment this month and that clinical staff were in contact with her.
She added: “We advise patients who have any ongoing concerns about their health to contact their GP.”
Miss Bluett’s health problems stem from injuries she received in 1998 after jumping from a third floor window to flee from intruders.
She plunged more than 40ft to a concrete floor below.