But she died after a steel cable severed in April. Her grandson Alex, 13, raised the alarm after he found her lying in agony in her lift. Mrs Hitchen died in Musgrove Park hospital in Taunton, Somerset, hours later from massive internal bleeding.
Yesterday her son Pete, 44, said: "It was extremely difficult to get her out. In the end nine of us including my wife and our son used a huge carrying sheet to get her out."