AN IRISH man in London is trying to track down the “guardian angel” who saved his life.
Mathew O’Toole collapsed while walking along Wigmore Street in Mayfair at 8:30am on June 10 when he suffered what was later discovered to be a stroke.
"He started vomiting,” his wife, Georgina, explained on Twitter.
“Many people passed by. Many probably assumed that he was drunk or hungover. One lady stopped.”
Georgina and Mathew are now desperate to find the woman who came to the 47-year-old father-of-two’s rescue.
"She recognised the signs of a stroke, called the paramedics, and directed them to take him straight to UCH emergency stroke unit,” Georgina wrote.
"If she hadn't done that, we might not have him here today. Or things could have been a lot worse than they are."
She recognised the signs of a stroke, called the paramedics, and directed them to take him straight to UCH emergency stroke unit.
If she hadn’t done that, we might not have him here today. Or things could have been a lot worse than they are. (Cont’d)
— Georgina O'Toole (@GeorginaEOToole) June 19, 2021
According to Mathew’s memory of events, she was a nurse called Dani or Danielle from Australia or New Zealand who he remembers as having blonde curly hair and a kind face.
Mathew spent five days in hospital but is now back home with his family in Farnham, Surrey and is expected to make a full recovery.
"The road to recovery is long and I know there are going to be ups and downs, but it's purely because of the help that woman gave me that I am here today," he told the BBC.
"It is Father's Day tomorrow, and I could have left two children, aged 16 and 12, and a wife, but as it is I am looking forward to opening some socks."
He added: "People do walk past, we don't always take the time to see what is going on around us, but if that woman hadn't stopped, I would have been dead. She was just so calming with me all the way through."