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Man Called By Mistake, Saves Woman's Life

By: Dawn MacPhee
By: Dawn MacPhee

A wrong number leads to the right person.

A 77-year-old woman in need of medical care accidentally called a man who happened to be nearby.

He rushed to her aid.

Dawn MacPhee has the story.

"It's a freaky thing, strange things happen, I guess."

Stephen Dykens driving home to drop off his dog... When a wrong number suddenly changed his plans.

He had a woman in distress at the end of the line.

"I was gonna ignore it and she said, 'I'm scared. I can't find my daughter and I think I'm having a stroke,' and when she said the word, stroke, that made me think, 'Wow, this person really needs some help.'"

Dykens asked where she lived, and realized he happened to be just minutes away.

"I looked up at that moment and the Greenich road sign was right there, so I said, we're here, we gotta help ya."

He and his passenger rushed to her door and did what they could while they waited for an ambulance.

"I just sort of bent down on my knee and had my hand on her leg and just kind of you know tried to talk calmly and assure her that help was on the way."

"I was afraid to walk, but I opened the door to let them in and they came in to rescue me."

Eileen O'hara was taken to hospital and treated for bleeding in her brain.

She's grateful for the kindness of strangers.

"I'd say thank you very much. I appreciate it."

(Reporter)"We often hear about accidents that turn into tragedies. But, in this case, a phone call, made completely by mistake, turned into what some would call a miracle."

There was an angel. There was an angel looking after mom that day.

O'hara's daughter says words are not enough.

"What do you do when that happens? You know, you just say thank you over and over again and I would like to meet him and thank you in person."

Eileen O'hara is blind, suffering from lung and brain cancer, but that fateful moment has given her hope.

"I think about things more, how things happen, how lucky I was, how lucky I am to be here."

But Stephen Dykens doesn't consider himself a hero.

"It's not that big a deal. I mean, I can't see why anyone else wouldn't do it, I mean it's just kinda wild that she called the right car going by."

Whatever happened, someone who was scared and alone had a knight in shining armor that day.


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