Driver who suffered seizure hunts for good samaritan

Kayleigh Street. October 28th 2013 E44193P
Kayleigh Street. October 28th 2013 E44193P

A teacher who suffered a seizure at the wheel of her car and was later found to have a brain tumour is trying to trace the good samaritan who came to her aid.

The turn of events saw Kayleigh Street driving home one minute to waking up in hospital in the next.

The 26-year-old, of South Cliff, was minutes away from home when, without warning, she fell ill at the wheel of her car.

The incident happened at around 7pm on Friday October 18. Kayleigh has no memory of it, but has been told that a man called emergency services who arrived and took her to hospital.

She said, “The last thing I remember is turning into Silverdale Road and I would have been looking for a parking space but I don’t remember that and the next thing I know I’ve come round in hospital.

“I was lucky I was driving at a very low speed.

“If it had been five minutes earlier I would have been on a main road.”

The married teacher collided with an empty stationary vehicle and was taken to the DGH where she had a further four seizures.

A CT scan revealed she had a brain tumour.

Kayleigh added, “My life has changed, it’s quite overwhelming but it helps to talk about it because it’s something that people need to be aware of.

“My neuro-surgeon has told me that in about 70 to 80 per cent of cases with my kind of tumour the first time people will know anything is wrong is when they have a seizure.”

Kayleigh will be having an operation in the next three weeks to remove the tumour, which doctors have said they believe is benign.

Now the Eastbourne resident is keen to trace the person who called for help.

She said, “They pretty much saved me from a very difficult situation because I don’t know what would have happened if I’d been completely on my own and the ambulance had not been called, it doesn’t bear thinking about.

“It must have been quite a shock for them to see and have dealt with, I’m very grateful to them.

“I appreciate they might not want a personal thanks but I would love to be able to send them a bunch of flowers or something.”

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