Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mom: Woman Facedgaps in Mental Care before Umpire Saved Her

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mom: Woman Facedgaps in Mental Care before Umpire Saved Her

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When Serena Goudy turned on the 5 a.m. news Thursday and saw an image of the young woman narrowly saved from suicide by a Major League Baseball umpire, she immediately knew that her daughter's struggles had reached a crisis point.

She believes her daughter ended up on that bridge because the mental health safety net has a giant hole in it: Patients can't get the appointments they need to get prescriptions for the medicines that can keep them in balance.

"There's people out there that need help," said Ms. Goudy, 42, of Sheraden in an interview Tuesday morning. "My daughter needs help." Now she's getting it, but it took heroes to bring her back, alive, from the Roberto Clemente Bridge last Wednesday.

Ms. Goudy's 23-year-old daughter, a Munhall resident who has not been named in media accounts, showed every indication of planning to plunge from the bridge when MLB umpire John Tumpane came upon her that afternoon. He talked with her and, along with others, forcibly held her until public safety workers could pull her back to the safe side of the bridge railing.

Ms. Goudy didn't get a call that day. She learned from the next morning's news, which aired a photo including her daughter's arm and lower face, that the woman everyone was talking about was her own flesh and blood.

"It just really showed a small picture of her," Ms. Goudy said. "When I saw my daughter, I knew who it was. .... I cried and called around to find out where she was.

"I just want to thank [Mr. Tumpane] dearly for what he's done," she said. "My grandson thanks him. We're just blessed to have her on this earth. There are still people on this earth with kindness in their heart.

"There are many people who wouldn't do that," she added. "They would just take pictures" for social media. "If he wouldn't have held on, it would've been a very different story. …

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