A grateful heart patient is trying to find the Good Samaritan he credits with saving his life.
The mystery hero phoned an ambulance after finding security guard Richard Clowes slumped at a bus stop.
Richard, from Leslie, was suffering septic shock and was close to death after a pacemaker fitted just months before spread severe infection.
Speaking from his hospital bed at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, the 42-year-old said he had no recollection of the incident which happened in the west end of the capital.
He said: “I don’t know whether they were young, old, male or female — I’d just like to say thanks.”
Richard’s partner Shirley Connolly, 45, said: “He nearly died. We thought he had a chest infection and he shouldn’t have gone to work but he’s a workaholic.”
Shirley gave Richard a lift to Glenrothes bus station on December 3 and waved him off at 11am. He took a bus heading for his job at the Co-op, but what happened next is a mystery.
When Richard failed to arrive back at the bus station at 10.30pm, Shirley thought he had missed the bus. She said: “I texted him later but there was no response. My phone was ringing but I left it because I was driving. By the time I parked, it had stopped ringing. It was an Edinburgh number and when I rang it said it didn’t accept incoming calls. I thought that’s the hospital.”
When Shirley phoned she discovered Richard was fighting for his life in intensive care. Doctors said a pacemaker he had fitted a few months earlier had caused an infection — and he was lucky to be alive.
A month later and Richard is finally on the mend.
Shirley said: “The ambulance notes state he was at a bus stop in Edinburgh, but not the street. Richard would like to thank the person who didn’t think he was a random drunk or drug addict. They saved his life.”