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Great Wratting woman who had a heart attack in the car park in Tesco, Haverhill wants to find and thank in person the man who stepped in to help




A woman who survived a heart attack is desperate to track down and thank in person the man who went to her aid and made sure the emergency services were called.

Sandy Taylor, who lives in Moor Pasture Way, Great Wratting, was suffering the heart attack in her car in the Tesco car park in Haverhill when the man, whose named is Derrin, came to her aid at about 1pm on Wednesday, April 24.

Mrs Taylor, who has two daughters, three grandsons and one granddaughter, said: "He was a first aider for where he worked.

Sandy Taylor had a heart attack in Haverhill and was helped by a man who then disappeared after the Community First Responders arrived. She has tried to find him on social media but hasn't been able to and wants to track him down to personally say thank you. Picture by Mecha Morton.
Sandy Taylor had a heart attack in Haverhill and was helped by a man who then disappeared after the Community First Responders arrived. She has tried to find him on social media but hasn't been able to and wants to track him down to personally say thank you. Picture by Mecha Morton.

"He was so good. He was calm and he knew what was happening.

"He rang for an ambulance and the First Responders arrived and he handed over to them. I looked around and he was gone.

"He said 'i was brought up to treat people as I would like to be treated'."

Derrin, said Mrs Taylor, drove a small white van with a company name on the side of it and said that he lived in Haverhill.

Mrs Taylor described what happened just prior to her Good Samaritan's arrival.

"I don't quite know what what happened but i know i was just sitting in there. I couldn't even press the car horn, i was just pressing on my chest, just wishing it would go away.

"I saw people walking past but I couldn't do anything to alert them.

"He looked out of his (car) door and i had my hand up in the air and he looked up and came over and said 'are you okay' and i said 'no, I think i need a little bit of help.'

"I couldn't get my phone out of my bag to call for help.

"I'm eternally grateful to the man because i knew there was no way i could drive.

"I just wanted to say thank you to him really. The least I can try and do is try to find him and say thank you properly.

"I don't think i would have died, but then i didn't think i was having a heart attack."

Mrs Taylor was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital and one week later, on May 1, she became the first patient to be transferred to the newly-opened Royal Papworth Hospital, where she had a stent inserted because of a blocked artery before being discharged the next day.

As the first patient at the new hospital, she was even interviewed on the ward by the BBC.

If you are Derrin, or know him, call Steve Barton at the Haverhill Echo on 01440 761307.



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