Appeal to find ‘good Samaritans’ who helped Clevedon man, 85, after fall

PUBLISHED: 16:00 04 February 2019

Vivian and Pat Stokes are lookin for the nurses who came to their aid.

Vivian and Pat Stokes are lookin for the nurses who came to their aid.

Eleanor Young

A Clevedon man who fell and badly bruised his face is searching for the two ‘good Samaritans’ who rushed to his aid.

Vivian Stokes, aged 85, said it was ‘a miracle’ when two cars driven by nurses pulled up simultaneously to help him after he tumbled to the ground while out on his daily walk with his wife Pat.

The couple, who have been married for nearly 65 years, were walking to Scarlett’s Restaurant, in The Beach, on January 27 but they decided to turn back and head home because of the ‘bitter cold’.

Mr Stokes told the Times: “Every morning we walk from our home in Hill Road down to Scarlett’s, stopping for a sit down on a bench on the seafront.

“It is about a mile there and back and it is good exercise for us.

“We got past Six Ways and onto Elton Road and we decided, for the first time, that it was too cold and turned to go back.

“I turned and went down with a loud ‘bang’.

“A dozen cars drove past us and then it was a miracle, two cars stopped at the same time and out climbed two nurses.

“I was lying on my face and they were able to lift me up and help me get my breath back.

“They took me to Clevedon’s minor injuries unit where there was no-one else there so I was treated immediately.

“The nurse practitioner Andy Hembrow stitched me up and told me to go to A&E at Southmead Hospital for a scan.

“One of the nurses said she would take me but my daughter, Nicola Stokes, had arrived and took me in.

“The doctor was very pleased with the job done in Clevedon and they looked after me but I want to find the two women who came to my rescue.”

Mrs Stokes, aged 84, was grateful to the nurses for coming to help as she could not have lifted her husband herself.

She had suffered a stroke a few years ago and her right hand was paralysed.

Mr Stokes, a former management consultant, added: “If they hadn’t come then I honestly don’t know what we could have done.

“We want to find these good Samaritans and thank them for what they did for us.”

The nurses who helped Mr Stokes can get in contact with the Times on 01934 422500. Their details will be passed to the couple.

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