A PENSIONER says he owes his life to a couple who helped him when he collapsed and hit his head.
Liversedge couple Holly Heaton and Dean Hayes-Ward, who were complete strangers to 85-year-old Terry Hopkins, admitted they were glad they were there to help him after waiting an hour for an ambulance to arrive.
Terry said he had started to feel unwell whilst walking to a bus stop in Littletown last Monday morning after he’d attended an appointment at the doctor’s surgery.
Almost immediately after he sat down on a bench inside the bus shelter, he fainted and fell head-first onto the floor.
Holly, a 24-year-old mum-of-four, was the only other person waiting for the same bus into Dewsbury and jumped to his aid.
Terry, who lives in Dewsbury Moor and is The Press’ longest-serving paper deliverer, suffered extensive cuts to his forehead and beneath his eye socket.
Holly said: “I put him in a comfortable position with a bag under his head and called an ambulance. I tried to talk to him and reassure him.
“The ambulance service said there wasn’t one in the area so I phoned my partner, who is first aid-trained.”
When Dean turned up around 15 minutes later, the ambulance still hadn’t arrived so he started first aid.
The 32-year-old said: “It was the first time I’d had to do it.
“I kept him comfortable and talked to him about general day-to-day stuff.
“We rang 999 again but they were telling me to do what I was already doing. He was slowly getting worse.”
After waiting nearly an hour for an ambulance whilst Terry was still lying on the floor, one drove past the scene and its crew turned around and took him to Dewsbury Hospital.
The paramedics informed Holly and Dean that they hadn’t received a call-out for Terry’s incident.
Dean said: “I’m annoyed because he’s an old man and he desperately needed help.”
Terry said: “The doctor told me I might not have been here had Dean and Holly not helped, so I owe them for the rest of my life. I want to take them out for a meal!”
Dean added: “A lot of people walked past and didn’t see if we needed help. If we hadn’t been there, he might not have been here.”