A young law student is appealing for help to trace a man who saved her life after she collapsed on a Sheffield street.
Alisha Brown was walking to a lecture in the city when she suffered a blood clot to her lung which stopped her heart.
She was resuscitated by paramedics after a stranger, who spotted Alisha fall to the ground, phoned for an ambulance.
Having recovered from her terrifying ordeal, the 20-year-old is appealing for readers of The Star to help her track down the mystery man, so she can thank him personally for his quick actions.
Alisha said: “I don’t remember much about the incident, but I’m sure if it wasn’t for him I would have been dead on the floor.
“I had tonsillitis that day, so nearly stayed in my room, but something made me go out – I don’t know what would have happened if I hadn’t.”
Alisha was on her way to Sheffield Hallam University’s Collegiate Campus, off Ecclesall Road, when she collapsed at the bottom of Broomhall Road, close to Collegiate Crescent.
She attempted to phone her mum and grandmother, but was losing consciousness when a man took her mobile from her, briefly explained what had happened to her relatives and phoned for an ambulance.
Shortly after paramedics arrived, Alisha suffered a cardiac arrest and had to be resuscitated.
Upon arrival at Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital, in Fir Vale, doctors discovered a blood clot in her lung and she was admitted to the intensive care unit, where she remained for a week.
After spending two further weeks on a general ward Alisha was discharged, but will now be on blood-thinning medication for the rest of her life to prevent another clot.
She said: “There were no warning signs – I just collapsed. As a healthy, active and young person I didn’t expect it.
“It was a frightening experience for me as well as my mum and nan on the other end of the phone.
“I missed some exams while in hospital, which I had to resit, but things could have been much worse.
“For a while it was a bit of a blur, so it’s only sunk in now all that man did for me. Without him I wouldn’t be here.”
Having spent the summer recovering at home in Leeds, Alisha has returned to university in Sheffield and is eager to find the good samaritan to express her gratitude.
She said: “I believe he stayed with me until the ambulance arrived, but I know nothing more.
“When he briefly spoke to my mum, she thought he possibly had a Scouse accent.”
The incident happened on Tuesday, April 8, at about 3.50pm.
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