AN ELDERLY man who fell and hit his head while shopping in Stafford has praised the “good Samaritans” who came to his rescue, saying they restored his faith in society.
Paul Craig, of Babbacombe Avenue in Weeping Cross, was returning home from a shopping trip in town when he lost his footing on the bridge by Sainsbury’s car park.
“When I reached the footbridge over the river I was unable to walk forward and lost control of my legs completely,” he said. “I thought to myself as I was going down, I’m going to bang my head, and then felt the back of my head hit the ground with a mighty thump.
“One lady told me she actually heard my head hit the ground and turned around because of it.”
Mr Craig said almost immediately he was surrounded by passers-by, both young and old, who had witnessed his fall, one of whom had already called for an ambulance.
“I was in pain, my head was singing and I was in a really bad way but those people rushed to my aid so fast,” said Mr Craig.
“One lady even gave me her coat for my head.
“It really restores your faith in people,” he said. “The ambulance crew, Samantha and Ian, arrived very quickly and and after checking my vital signs they decided I could drive home to my very anxious wife.”
Mr Craig said he was “very grateful” to the people who had looked after him on the day and wanted to let them know he was OK.
A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance service said they were called by a member of the public just after 4pm on Friday 20 to reports of a man who had fallen in the car park.
She said the man was treated at the scene for his head injuries but well enough to not need hospitalisation and was advised to see his GP.
“The ambulance crews are just doing their jobs,” she said. “But it’s always nice to get a thank you from a member of the public.