A QUICK trip to the shops turned into an unexpected three-day hospital stay for Bribie Island resident Steve Mataira last week.
Last Monday Steve, 56, and his four-year-old daughter Shiloh walked down to Woolworths Bribie Island to do some shopping.
After about half an hour, Steve said he felt a deep abdominal pain followed by a massive headache at the base of his skull, causing extreme light- headedness and dizziness.
"I knew I had to get out and sit down and hope it would pass," he said. "Within minutes of getting to the checkout counter, I collapsed.
"The last thing I remember is standing in line and wishing the person in front of me would hurry up, and then down I went."
But it's what happened in the minutes that followed that Steve will never forget.
"When I woke up there was a man holding the base of my head. He introduced himself and told me he was an off-duty paramedic," he said.
"And there was a lady holding my hand who said she was a registered nurse and another man was standing near her."
As he was coming around and waiting for an ambulance, Steve also asked about Shiloh and was told she was being comforted and reassured by some ladies nearby.
"She was well looked after until her mum and grandmother arrived. The staff and others helping out were just amazing."
Steve had been in hospital the previous week and was given medication that led to his collapsing. It has now been adjusted by his doctor.
But Steve wants to thank his unseen heroes, his band of "Bribie Island Samaritans".
"Through some unforseen circumstance of time and life, these unexpectedly skilled people were there to give me assistance," he said. "It wasn't a life-saving situation, but everyone stepped up to help me out and I want you to know how much it means to me, so thank you everyone.
"If I should walk past you and appear not to recognise you, please introduce yourself, as all I can remember are voices."
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