Dad’s quest to find son’s lifesavers

Steve Carroll with son Jason Rhodes-Carroll & his father Roy Carroll.
Steve Carroll with son Jason Rhodes-Carroll & his father Roy Carroll.
  • Teenager Jason Rhodes-Carroll stopped breathing while out in Morley with his dad and grandad
  • Two strangers stopped to help the teenager
  • Now his dad, Steven, wants to find the man and woman to say thank you

A grateful father is trying to track down the heroes who saved his son’s life.

Steven Carroll wants to thank two strangers who helped keep his son, Jason, alive after an asthma attack stopped his heart in Morley.

They saved my son’s life and I just want to say ‘thank you’

Steven Carroll

Paramedics rushed to resuscitate 17-year-old Jason Rhodes-Carroll, who had stopped breathing while in a car with his dad, granddad and dog on Magpie Lane.

Mr Carroll, 43, said: “Jason was struggling to breath and then he just passed out in my arms. After that he went yellow and then he turned blue.

“I tried to give him mouth-to-mouth but I’m not trained and I had no idea what I was doing.”

Two strangers - a man and a woman - stopped in the street to help him.

He said: “A man stopped and asked me if I knew first aid and when I said no he said ‘get out of the way, I do’. He took over resuscitating Jason and kept him stable until the ambulance arrived.

“A woman also came to help and she was speaking to a paramedic on the phone and telling me what to do.

“I didn’t know what I was doing and they just took over. Then ambulance came and they put Jason inside but I never got to thank them.

“They saved my son’s life and I just want to say ‘thank you’.”

Mr Carroll said two other people - Tom and Joanne - also helped as one took him to the hospital and the other looked after his car and dog after the ambulance arrived.

Outwood Grange Academy pupil Jason, who lives with his mum Mandie in Wakefield, has since made a full recovery.

Mr Carroll said: “I still don’t know why they stopped, I was so shocked at the time.”

Father’s thank you to heroic strangers who came to the rescue

Mr Carroll has sent Joanne and Tom, who helped him after his son Jason was taken to hospital, a card to thank them.

But he said all he knows about the other two strangers is that the man was wearing football boots.

Mr Carroll said: “It all happened very quickly and when the ambulance came I never got a chance to speak to them.

“They were gone as quickly as it happened.

“I just want to thank them because I will be forever grateful to them for what they did for Jason.”

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