A CYCLIST is appealing to two good samaritans who "saved my life" after he had a bike accident in a country lane which left him with serious injuries.
John Dale had been cycling in the Gypsy Hollow area, off Buxton Road, near Leek, on the morning of May 29 when a cat hit his front wheel, causing him to be thrown off his two-wheeler.
John, who spent a week in hospital after the incident, is now hoping to be put in touch with two men who helped him.
He said: "I was knocked unconscious.
"I woke up with my face in water which was running down the side of the road.
"I was very disorientated but did hear voices of two men who had come down to me.
"They rang the emergency services and also looked in my phone to call my wife Maureen after I asked them to. They waited with me until help came."
From the incident, John suffered five broken ribs, two punctured lungs, a broken collar bone and a ruptured aorta.
On his first day at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, John had an emergency operation to have a stent put in to repair his aorta.
As well as appealing for the two men who helped him at the scene, John is appealing to all cyclists to make sure they wear helmets when out riding.
He said: "I luckily had my helmet on which I do believe also saved my life. It is completely smashed now." Since the incident, John has learned that two horse riders, Holly and Alfie, also helped to get him to safety after helping to direct the ambulance to where he was lying on the road. John said: "I have met them and thanked them very much." Maureen said she did briefly met the two men who came to John's aid when they kindly took John's bike back to the couple's home in Hillcrest, Leek, before she went to join John at the hospital.
She said: "I know that their first names were Damien and Jim.
"I think they were some kind of workers with having the high-viz jackets on.
"They had a biggish car which, after putting the back seats down, they had managed to fit John's bike in."
John added: "Although Maureen did thank them, I would like to meet them to give them back their high vis jacket that they had used to make me feel comfortable and also to thank them personally for saving my life.
"I do feel lucky to be alive. God knows what would have happened to me if they had not come along. I am very grateful to them both."
Anyone who thinks they were the two men who helped John, is asked to call the Post & Times on 01538 392237 so that they can be put in touch with him.