Saturday 19 January 2019

Family in hunt for hero taximan who saved little Poppy Bella's life

A YOUNG Dublin family is searching for a heroic taxi driver who they believe helped to save their little daughter's life after she fell seriously ill.

Poppy Bella Tate (1), pictured above, suffered a febrile convulsion last Monday, and she had a small seizure and turned lifeless in her mother's arms on Upper Dominick Street, Dublin.

Her parents Lorna (23) and Frankie (24) feared the worst when Poppy's lips turned blue and she fell limp, but a quick-thinking Dublin taxi driver rushed them to the Rotunda Hospital and helped to save the little toddler's life.

Lorna said: "I was in my car checking her temperature, and you've to wait for it to beep, but I just watched it hitting 37, then 38, then 39. And I said to Frankie, I think her temperature is very high.


"With that I felt this jerk, and I looked down and her eyes were rolling to the back of her head and she was making a snoring sound. Her whole body was limp as well.

"I just jumped out of the car and started screaming. I was trying to open her mouth to help her breathe, and a taxi man came and told us to get in," she added.

The taxi driver, who was in a navy blue saloon car, collected the distressed mother on Upper Dominick Street at around 4.45pm last Monday, but the family has not seen him since.

"We would have just been standing there waiting for the ambulance. And we just want to thank the taximan and give him some sort of a reward.

"I didn't speak a word to him in the taxi -- he just said 'get out, get out', and I've never heard of him since," she said.

"She was doing a jerking movement and it was like her mouth went into lock jaw, I couldn't get her mouth to open.

"Even when she came out of it, her whole body was lifeless. If you lifted up her leg it would just flop back down. Her mouth wasn't moving, nothing was," she added.

Doctors in the Rotunda Hospital treated little Poppy, and she was later transferred to Temple Street Hospital and put on medication for an upper respiratory infection.

She is now well and at home, and her grateful parents wish to make contact with the taxi driver who they believe helped to save her.


Her dad Frankie recalled: "It was horrible. I just froze and I didn't know what to do. It was a nightmare.

"I think now that it's all over she's forgotten about it. We're just keeping an eye on her every minute and watching her temperature, and making sure that she's OK."

The couple also wants to thank the staff at the Rotunda and Temple Street hospitals.

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