A STROKE victim who collapsed and lay vomiting in Huddersfield town centre has been left devastated that nobody came to her aid.
Tina Barnes, 53, was paralysed and laying helpless in her own vomit for 15 minutes when she suffered a mini-stroke on her way home from work.
The mother-of-one was unable to move or call out for help as the symptoms took hold of her on Market Street.
But she was distraught to find nobody came to help. People even crossed the road to avoid her, assuming she was drunk.
Tina said: “I must have looked horrendous.
“I was covered in sick and I couldn’t move.
“I was so embarrassed and completely devastated.
“I was so ill, I couldn’t wave to anyone or get my mobile phone out of my bag.
“I just needed one person to kneel down and call me an ambulance. But they just ignored me.”
Tina, who lives in Boothtown, Halifax, was on her way to the bus station at 4.15pm several weeks ago after finishing work at Square One carpet cutters at Old Leeds Road, Huddersfield.
She said: “I just went really dizzy and started swaying side to side. It knocked me off my feet and I was down. I instantly started being sick. I just couldn’t help it.
“Nobody, not one person, came to help. They were grabbing their kids’ hands and crossing the road.
“I can understand why because I did look a mess. They must have thought I was drunk or on drugs.”
Tina, who lives with her partner Mark Bennett, has suffered mini-strokes in the past.
She knew what was happening as soon as the symptoms came on.
After the paralysis wore off, she was able to get-up and make her way to the bus station where her bus was waiting.
She said: “I was so embarrassed. I just wanted to get home. I put my coat over my clothes and managed to get straight on to a bus home.
“I then called the doctor and he sent me for tests.”
Tina has since undergone scans and X-rays at Calderdale Royal Hospital and has been prescribed medication for her condition.
She added: “I just want people to realise they shouldn’t judge people because of their looks.
“Ask people if they need help. They can’t harm you if they’re down on the floor defenceless.
“If they had looked into my eyes they would have known I needed help or I might have been able to say ‘Help me’.
“I was absolutely heartbroken because nobody stopped. My family were devastated too.”