A caring cabbie who stepped in to help a diabetic customer when she collapsed has been hailed a hero.
Mohammad Alsada had just dropped off retired pub landlady Kathleen Sandford at her home in Deepcar, and was about to drive away, when he realised she had slumped over on her drive.
He rushed to help the 65-year-old, putting his jacket underneath Kathleen, calling an ambulance, and waiting until emergency services arrived.
Kathleen, of Holling Croft, said: “I was out with friends at The Hare and Hounds in Oughtibridge when I first collapsed. My friends wanted to get me an ambulance, but I insisted I’d be fine to go home in a taxi.
“It was when I got out of the taxi and started to walk up to my house when my legs just gave way.
“Fortunately Mohammad was turning his taxi around and, as he drove by, he saw me on the ground and stopped to try to lift me back to my feet.
“But my legs wouldn’t work – I just had no strength at all.”
Doctors kept Kathleen in the Northern General Hospital overnight – and found her collapse was an adverse reaction to diabetes medication for low blood pressure.
Kathleen, who has sent a thank-you card to Mohammad at Mercury Taxis, added: “People are always quick to complain, but it’s so important to give out thanks too.
“Mohammad must have lost quite a few driving jobs while he waited with me. “He really couldn’t have done any more and I am very grateful.”
Mohammad, aged 36, of Hillsborough, said: “Kathleen insisted she would be fine, but I couldn’t rest until I saw her safely into the ambulance off to hospital.
“I’ve always been taught to help people wherever I can, so this was just a natural thing to do.”
Bosses at Mercury have now praised their driver for going the extra mile.
Peter Holmes, business development manager, said: “Mohammad is a great example and we are all very proud of him.
“We wish Mrs Sandford a continued recovery and look forward to being of service to her in future.”