Share story

UPPER DARBY, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say an elderly woman who uses a wheelchair helped save the life of her home health care worker when the worker overdosed on heroin at the woman’s home.

Upper Darby police say 29-year-old Amber Graziano was unconscious when her 74-year-old patient found her around 8:30 p.m. Monday. The patient then called 911.

Authorities say responding officers found what appeared to be heroin near Graziano and administered the opioid overdose antidote Narcan. She was taken to a hospital, where she was treated and released.

The agency that employed Graziano, who lives in Ridley Park, says she has been fired from her job. She was charged with reckless endangerment and drug offenses, and it wasn’t known Thursday if she’s retained an attorney.