20 Jun She’s found! ‘Guardian angel’ who saved man having a stroke in the street says there’s no need for thanks | UK News
A man searching for the “guardian angel” who saved his life when he suffered a stroke in the street has been reconnected with her.
A nurse with a “kind face” called Dani or Danielle noticed that Mathew O’Toole was suffering a stroke as he was vomiting and sweating and she stopped to help him.
She called an ambulance and he survived, spending just five days in hospital.
The 47-year-old and his wife Georgina appealed on social media for help getting in touch with the woman so they could thank her, after the incident on Wigmore Street in central London.
Mrs O’Toole said: “One of her friends saw the article and got in touch on LinkedIn, and said, you don’t know me but I know Danielle and this is her email address.
“I sent her a quick email last night to check she was the right Danielle, and she said yes she was, and she had been worrying ever since about what happened to him and was really pleased to know that he was okay.
“She said there was no need for any thanks, but it would be very nice to have a chat over the phone when we have some time. She came across as a very lovely person, over email as well as in person.”
Mr O’Toole told Sky News that he had no idea he was suffering a stroke at the time and during his ordeal he could talk normally “but I was just feeling so dizzy and so nauseous and just throwing up everywhere and it was just awful.”
He described his guardian angel as “just a really warming comforting voice”.
Since making their appeal to find the woman who helped, the couple have been flooded with messages.
Mrs O’Toole said: “I’ve had a lot of people say, yes, my partner or husband or dad vomited and people didn’t realise what it was, and some people said it got misdiagnosed as vertigo.
“Unfortunately some people who contacted me on Twitter, their loved ones didn’t survive and that really brings it home.
“Although we know the common side effects of a stroke, there can be lots of symptoms including vomiting, double vision, spinning, and nausea and I want to get that across and make sure that nobody passes on by.”
Mr O’Toole is spending Father’s Day with his wife and sons Thomas and William, with Thomas promising to make his dad breakfast in bed.