Good Samaritan saved cyclist's life

19:37, Jul 02 2014
paul mathews
SAVED BY STRANGER: Paul Mathews wants to thank the person who he feels saved his life after he had an epileptic seizure on Colombo St at the weekend.

Did you save Paul Mathews' life?

The 63-year-old Christchurch man was riding his bike along Colombo St about 4.30pm on Saturday when he had a seizure and fell off.

The full-time Salvation Army volunteer woke up in Christchurch Hospital about four hours later with no idea how he got there.

"I was at a conference at the church and left at 4pm. I went to the supermarket, got a few groceries, hopped on my bike to get home and that is when it happened," he said.

"I was unconscious and woke up in hospital at about 8.30pm. I must have had a seizure. I believe it was an epileptic fit."

Mathews said a stranger, possibly a male nurse, gave him CPR until a St John ambulance crew arrived.


Then they disappeared.

"I would like to meet the person and, from the bottom of my heart, say ‘thank you'. He obviously knew what he was doing."

Mathews was sore and bruised, but grateful.

"I could have been on a back street or something," he said.

"God put somebody right there at that moment to save my life."

The Press