A family from Tring are searching for the hero who performed life-saving resuscitation on their brother so they can thank them properly.
Darren Miles had dropped his two-year-old son at Forget-Me-Nots pre-school in Tring Community Centre on Silk Mill Way on Monday morning when he was taken ill.
Sister Shelley Hearn was also dropping her children at the same pre-school and came out to discover Darren slumped across his car bonnet.
After realising he wasn’t breathing and had no pulse, she began CPR while her friend Samantha Edwards phoned 999 and pre-school staff rushed to help – and it was then that the unknown hero approached her and took over.
The mystery man continued administering first aid until paramedics and an ambulance arrived at the scene and rushed Darren to Watford General Hospital.
Darren’s brother David – who lives in West Wales – said: “Shelley thanked him but then he was gone. She didn’t get chance to take his name or number.
“If I could meet him, I’d give him a great big hug and say thank you for saving my brother’s life.”
David, 36, rushed to his older brother’s bedside after doctors told him Darren’s condition was critical and that he had suffered a heart attack.
He said: “It was touch and go. They found a blot clot behind his heart and put two stents in. They had to put him into an induced coma for a day and a half.”
However, Darren made improvements and was brought out of the coma on Wednesday, but was confused as to why he was in hospital.
David said: “His short term memory isn’t very good at all, and the doctors say it might not be the same again because his brain was starved of oxygen for so long.
“He was desperate to get out of that hospital and get home to see his son.”
Darren, of Tring, was suffering such memory loss that he walked out of hospital at around 7.45am this morning, leaving the worried family no choice but to report him missing.
David said: “It’s not a warm day, and he was just wearing a hospital gown and some thin hospital slippers. He didn’t even have any proper shoes or even a coat.”
Thankfully police confirmed that they found Darren walking along the A41 between Berkhamsted and Tring around noon after a concerned member of the public called in.
A spokesman from Herts Constabulary said officers transported 38-year-old Darren back to hospital, where he will remain indefinitely for treatment.
David said it’s unlikely that Darren – a supermarket worker – will be well enough to return home for Christmas. “They can’t release an individual unless they’re 100 per cent with it,” he said.
Are you the person who saved Darren’s life? If so – or you think you may know them – get in touch with David at firstname.lastname@example.org.