A family has hailed two mystery strangers as “unsung heroes” after they saved the life of a grandmother who fell seriously ill while out walking her dog.
Valerie King, 67, was walking in Wingerworth at night when she felt “dizzy” and suddenly fainted.
A young man and woman, believed to be in their 20s, found her passed out on the street. They managed to get Valerie home where she then started vomiting blood and they rang for an ambulance.
The community stalwart - who received an MBE for her work - was rushed to hospital. Her heart stopped beating before doctors managed to bring her ‘back to life’.
Her family are now keen to trace the pair who, in their eyes, saved her life.
Valerie’s daughter, Charlotte Partridge, said: “They literally saved my mum’s life and I will be forever in their debt and eternally grateful. They both are heroes.
“Not many folk would have stopped and helped these days.”
At the start of the year, Valerie, of Mill Lane, Wingerworth, had stents put in her heart.
However, Charlotte, said her medication had caused internal bleeding which made her vomit blood before she suffered a heart attack.
“If she had not been out walking the dog she would have had the heart attack at home and not been found until the next day,” Charlotte said.
“It is the care and support of the two young people that was vital because otherwise she would not be here.”
The married mum-of-three said her mum can only remember grabbing onto a lamp post on Mill Lane before fainting.
The man, who was the first on the scene, gave her support and managed to bring her round before she fainted again in his arms.
A woman, who is not believed to have been with the man, stopped her car as she was driving and the pair managed to get Valerie back to her home.
Valerie said: “I would like to say a big thank you. I do not know who the young man and young woman who stopped to help me were. They were very kind and did not leave me until the ambulance came. I can’t thank them enough, I have had so many well wishes, cards and flowers from friends, family and neighbours.”
Charlotte, of Hillman Drive, Inkersall, said her mum is a “devoted” grandmother to Ella, 11, Nathan, nine and five-year-old Ryan.
She says that when she told her children what had happened, little Nathan said: “Tell granny I love her and it is not her time to go to the angels.”
The 35-year-old also said her mum received an MBE about three years ago for her community work and was invited to Buckingham Palace.
She also enjoys travelling, gardening and baking mince pies with Ella.
Valerie was allowed to go back home last week after being in Chesterfield Royal Hospital for seven days.
“She is doing really well now,” Charlotte said.
“She has got more energy and says she feels a lot better and a lot stronger.”
She added: “To me my mum is my whole support system.
“She has always been there for me. She is a lovely lady.”
The incident happened on Tuesday, November 8 between 6pm and 6.30pm.
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