Good Samaritan“He kept talking to me, keeping me going, keeping me from falling off back into a sleep or a coma or whatever it was.”

As heard on liveline

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Tony started to feel unwell on the Dart and decided to get off the train to get a bit of air as it pulled into Sydney Parade station. That’s the last thing he remembers, he told Joe Duffy on Thursday’s Liveline. He woke to find a man – a Good samaritan, Joe reckons – talking to him, trying to keep him conscious.

“He kept talking to me, keeping me going, keeping me from falling off back into a sleep or a coma or whatever it was.”

The man whose initials are KM – Tony knows his name, but doesn’t want to say it on air in case he wouldn’t like the publicity – took Tony’s phone and called his wife. And despite the fact that Sydney Parade station is less than 1 kilometre from St Vincent’s University Hospital, the ambulance took nearly two hours to get to the scene. KM stayed with him the whole time. And after Tony was taken to hospital, KM rang one of the clubs he’s involved with to see how he was.

“He rang one of the clubs that I’m in and he left a message and he left his name and his number. He left his number for me to ring him to see how I was… But between him saying the number and the lad taking it down it must have gone wrong.”

Tony’s tried ringing the number in various combinations, but hasn’t had any joy. So he decided to talk to Joe to see if anyone listening could help identify his Good Samaritan, so he could express his gratitude.

“He was like Snow White at the cottage door – he waved me off from the door of the Dart when I was going on the ambulance.”

The incident happened around lunchtime on Thursday 13 February last and Tony’s hoping KM was listening the the programme on Thursday, or someone who witnessed the incident, was listening. If you can help, email joe@rte.ie.

You can listen to Tony’s full Good Samaritan conversation with Joe here.

Niall Ó Sioradáin

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