Stevenage underpass reunion for grateful Sarah-Louise and first aid hero Tom

Tom Cracknell and Sarah-Louise Sheehan in the underpass where Tom and a colleague found Sarah-Louise

Tom Cracknell and Sarah-Louise Sheehan in the underpass where Tom and a colleague found Sarah-Louise after she had an epileptic fit and used their newly learnt first aid skills to help her - Credit: Archant

A woman who collapsed in an underpass after having an epileptic fit thanked one of her rescuers for saving her life when they were reunited.

Sarah-Louise Sheehan collapsed in an underpass near to Argyle Way, Stevenage, last month and was found by Tom Cracknell and Philip List .

The pair were on the last day of a St John Ambulance first aid at work course when they saw the 22-year-old slumped up against a wall.

While Philip, 37, went to call an ambulance 56-year-old Tom, a quantity surveyor from Stevenage, made sure she was safe until paramedics arrived and took her to Lister Hospital.

Sarah-Louise, an inventory accountant, met Tom at the underpass where she revealed she had suffered an epileptic fit before.


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She said: “I remember the morning it happened I went out to get some things to make breakfast for me and my boyfriend from Tesco and was walking through an underpass when I collapsed.

“Normally my seizures are under control but the doctors had just put me on a different sort of medication so my body was taking a while to adjust, and on that day I’d forgotten to take it.

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“I can’t remember much about the day apart from walking to the shops and then I woke up in hospital.

“I know I am really lucky to have had people there who knew what they were doing.

“If it was someone who wasn’t first aid trained or who panicked, anything could have happened and I get really emotional just thinking about it.

“After it happened I was taken to Lister Hospital and didn’t wake up for hours.

“The next think I knew my boyfriend was telling me what happened but I had no details about the people who saved me.

“I’m so grateful for what they did and am glad that I’ve finally got the opportunity to say thanks.”

Tom said: “I’m very pleased to hear that she had recovered so well and was delighted when I got a call to say that she wanted to meet.

“I took the course so that I would be able to react in situations like that and was just glad that I was to do something to help.”

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