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Put yourself in 27-year-old Ellie Farnfield’s shoes for a moment. You’re on the train heading to work, when suddenly everything goes dark. It wasn’t because the train went underground, it was because you passed out from an epileptic seizure. Then when you come back to your senses, you realize that you’re in a foreign environment. You footsteps and hushed chatter. Finally, you realize you’re on the station floor of a train terminal. You’re terrified, alone, and clueless about what happened since you were on the subway. Had you been assaulted? Or worse?
Ellie Farnfield was terrified. The minutes between her mundane ride on the Southern trains service to London had disappeared because of a sudden epileptic seizure. But thankfully a Good Samaritan was there to help her – and he even left a kindly note to let her know what he had done…
Ellie was on her way to teach a fitness class when she suddenly felt ill. Her world went black. When she woke up, train station staff were buzzing about her after a stranger, who identified himself only as “Tom”, had left her money and contacted the first 14 people from her phone.
Now the part-time acupuncture student is on a mission to track “Tom” down and thank him for his kindness.
The note, which was written in blue ink on a torn piece of notebook paper, explained how he had called for medical help after discovering Ellie passed out on the floor. It read:
“Eleanor, I hope by the time you read this you are feeling better. You had a seizure on the train and I took you off.
‘You didn’t hit your head but I may have hurt your leg as I walked on it before realising you were on the floor having a fit! Sorry! I’m also sorry I can’t stay with you now but here is a coffee to perk you up later and £10 to make sure you get a taxi home. Sorry I don’t have anymore money so I hope you don’t live far away. I’ve contacted people from your phone and medical help is on its way and you’re with train staff. Wishing you all the best and a quick recovery. Love Tom.”
After she recovered, Ellie Farnfield snapped a picture of the note and posted it to her Facebook page. It has been shared thousands of times.
As a caption to the image of Tom’s note, she wrote: “Faith restored in humanity in London last night. Thank you so much to everyone who helped me last night – especially “Tom”. Would love to try and find this man so I can return his money and add many many thanks to it!!”
When Ellie first came back to consciousness, she thought someone had tried to steal her bag. She told Mail Online: “I was very confused. Then I saw the note and the money and felt quite emotional – it was such a thoughtful thing to do. Anything could have happened. I could have hit my head, fallen off the train, been there for a long time. I just want to thank Tom for his help. I’d tell him: “You’re a star and I really, really appreciate it”. I’d also like to return the money. There is something really lovely about the kindness of a stranger. If I meet him, drinks are on me.”
Although this incident happened back in 2015, the search is still out for Tom.
Do you think Tom will come forward and take her up drinks?
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