A train full of passengers and only one person could be bothered to help a woman having a fit (From Southend Standard)
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Hero passenger from Leigh helps woman suffering fit on the train
1:40pm Friday 11th October 2013 in News
AN actor from Leigh sprang into action after a woman suffered an epileptic fit.
David Streames, 52, of Leigh Road, was travelling back from London on the c2c line when shortly before Upminster a passenger opposite him started to have the fit.
While other passengers didn’t budge, Mr Streames, who has been in EastEnders, The Bill and London's Burning, leapt from his seat and took control of the situation, preventing the woman from harming herself.
He said: “I was worried that she might fall on the floor and smack her head. When this kind of thing happens you just don’t know what it is. There is that moment when you think they’re going to stop breathing.
“I managed to stop her from hurting herself. I got some chewing gum out of her mouth and cleaned the blood from her face where she had bitten through her lip.”
Luckily for the woman, Mr Streames had witnessed a similar incident, also on a train, where a man suffered from a brain haemorrhage. Sadly that time, the man died but Mr Streames was inspired to take a first aid course where he learnt CPR.
But Mr Streames said he was shocked at the lack of help from other passengers.
After several minutes an off-duty c2c employee finally got up and contacted the train driver, telling him to stay at Upminster station to wait for an ambulance to arrive.
Mr Streames said: “The chap opposite was listening to music with his headphones on and didn't even remove them. The girl opposite just stared at me and the chap right next to her just moved over a bit and stared at me too.
“I even called out for someone to come and help me but nothing. It was like something out of a science fiction film where everyone around you has been taken over by aliens. I thought that it was up to me alone if this women dies.”
The woman came round after about 15 minutes, and didn’t know what had happened to her.
Mr Streames added: “She wasn’t answering my questions at first because she was frightened. She eventually said she suffered from epileptic fits. She told me her name was Kathy and that she lived in Basildon.”
The reluctant hero said: “I don’t think I’m a hero in that sense of the word because I think this is just a normal thing to do.
“I think it’s something people would do if they saw someone in distress. If someone needs help you go and help them.”