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Ipswich: Search is on for hero who stepped in to help pregnant woman who collapsed in the street

22:45 18 December 2012

Caroline Matthews who collapsed in the street when 33 weeks pregnant and only one person came to the rescue. Pictured with Husband James and children Alana and Logan

Caroline Matthews who collapsed in the street when 33 weeks pregnant and only one person came to the rescue. Pictured with Husband James and children Alana and Logan


ARE you the hero who helped save a heavily-pregnant mum who passed out on the pavement next to her daughter as others idly walked past?


That is the question a young family are asking after heavily pregnant mum-of-two Caroline Matthews, 27, who suffers from an unknown fainting condition, collapsed in Sheldrake Drive on Monday, December 10.

“This man has truly restored my faith in humanity,” said husband James Matthews, 27, who was taking his daughter Alana, seven, and 22-month-old son Logan out for a walk with their mum.

“She passed out in the middle of the path in the rain. We had no buggy and the car was at home.

“I told Alana to stay with her mum and I was going to run, carrying our son, to get the car. But to my surprise a gentleman stopped in his car and offered to drive us home.

“He was amazing. He quickly cleared off his seats and helped my shaking wife off the pavement and into the car.

“He drove us all the way home, asked how we were, was really polite, and helped walk Caroline to the door.

“So wherever and whoever you are, we would like to tell you just how truly grateful we are.”

In the panic of the moment Mr Matthews didn’t ask the man for his name, but described him as being in his early 30s and was driving a blue Kia Rio estate around lunchtime in Sheldrake Drive.

“A kind gesture like this speaks so loud.

“There needs to be more people like him in the world,” said Mr Matthews, who is a sales assistant at a Virgin Media store in Colchester.

“Three or four people walked past and completely ignored us.

“I was so surprised they didn’t stop to help us. She was clearly in distress. She was laying on the cold pavement with her head against my daughter’s leg.

“She was having convulsions on the floor and people just stuck their noses up and walked past.

“It makes me feel disgusted, really. I didn’t expect it at all.”

Caroline, who home-schools her children, had just come back from Ipswich Hospital where doctors have been trying to diagnose her fainting condition for the last three weeks.

“We’ve been in and out of Ipswich hospital for weeks but they don’t know what’s wrong with her,” added Mr Matthews. “But she is back at home and feeling a bit better now.”



  • Well done to the good Samaritan - but how sad that an act of basic human compassion should be considered so exceptional as to be called heroic.

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    Nigel Noakes

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

  • Glad that to hear someone stopped to help, there are some good people still around. All the best when your new baby arrive!!!!

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    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

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