Man thanks passers-by after collapse in Kettering park

David Meagher from The Friends of Rockingham Road Pleasure Park, who wants to thank air ambulance staff who rescued him.
David Meagher from The Friends of Rockingham Road Pleasure Park, who wants to thank air ambulance staff who rescued him.

A father of five has thanked people who came to his aid when he collapsed near a town centre park.

David Meagher suffered a seizure while walking with his young daughter Matilda around Rockingham Road Pleasure Park in Kettering last month, and an air ambulance was summoned.

Mr Meagher, the chairman of the park’s friends group, was airlifted to hospital in Coventry, with the air ambulance having landed near the bowls club in the park.

The 48-year-old was on life support while he was in the helicopter, and says he has been told he was “stopping and starting” on route to the hospital.

He said he woke up six hours later with no memory of what had happened.

But those who came to his aid have pieced together the missing hours – and Mr Meagher said he now realises how many people he is grateful to.

Mr Meagher is undergoing tests and still has broken ribs and a bump on his head sustained when he collapsed.

He said he has a lot of waiting around to go through before life gets back to normal – he is not allowed to drive for at least another six months.

He said: “I would like to thank all the good Samaritans. It’s really nice to know so many people in the community helped.”

Passers-by helped in a whole host of ways, including by alerting the emergency services, calling his wife, taking care of his daughter and fetching a patio umbrella to shelter him from the sun.

Although he has no memory of it, Mr Meagher says it must have been like a film set.

He added: “It was an amazing experience for everyone involved except me. It’s the first time I have felt mortal.

“But I’m upright and breathing so I can’t complain.”

Mr Meagher said his daughter has not been worried by witnessing the incident. He said: “At that age that sort of thing can be quite dramatic.”

Mr Meagher says he is not yet back to full health, but he added: “I am in good hands at Kettering hospital.”