SHERMAN OAKS (CBSLA.com) — An Azusa man is looking for the person who helped save his life after he suffered from a heart attack while attending a funeral last month.
“He’s like an angel. God sent him there to save my life,” said Howard Persad.
On July 20, the 69-year-old, his wife, Chandra, and their two daughters went to the funeral at a church in Sherman Oaks.
When Persad slipped out to feed the parking meter, he collapsed on Ventura Boulevard.
“I woke up in the hospital, and I was told I had a heart attack,” he said.
Persad doesn’t remember what exactly happened, but from witnesses, his family pieced together a story of a mystery man who stopped his car and performed CPR until the ambulance arrived.
The man, however, disappeared without giving his name. The only clue of who it could have been? Persad had no broken ribs. Doctors said that suggested the Good Samaritan was likely a medical professional.
“I’d like to thank him in person, see who he is,” said Persad. “I want him to know that I’m safe; I’m still alive. And that he did a splendid job.”
Through her tears, Chandra, who has been married to Persad for 42 years, said, “I always see myself retiring and growing old with him. So this really means a lot that he has a second chance.”