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Lying in the freezing snow, praying for rescue, 85-year-old Daniel Lee thought his time was up after he fell and broke his elbow on the way to church

Despite his most valiant efforts, the pensioner was unable to get up from Hobs Moat Road and had looked on in desperation as cars whizzed by on the Coventry Road

Despite his most valiant efforts, the pensioner was unable to get up from Hobs Moat Road and had looked on in desperation as cars whizzed by on the Coventry Road.

But the great-grandfather said his prayers were answered when a mystery good samaritan stopped to take him to Solihull Hospital.

His wife Rosemary said: “He could easily have died. I’m lucky to have him.

“The kind gentleman who picked him up and took him to Solihull Hospital... there is no doubt he saved his life.

“He was an absolute angel, I can’t thank him enough.

“You don’t hear many stories about good samaritans going out of their way any more.

“It’s restored my faith in humanity.”

The retired Jaguar Land Rover worker had been taking his usual Sunday trip to St Thomas More church, in Sheldon, during the snowy morning of January 20.

But as he approached the Coventry Road underpass, near the Wheatsheaf pub, he had slipped, cracking his head on the steps.

Luckily, a passerby was able to help Mr Lee up and send him on his way home but he had not gone far before he slipped a second time on Hobs Moat Road, cutting his head again and fracturing his elbow.

“I was in a total state of shock,” he said. I was just lying there covered in blood.

“I kept trying and trying to get up.”

In his confusion, Mr Lee couldn’t be sure how long he lay there praying for rescue, but estimates it was between 15 and 30 minutes before he saw the car turn off the main road to come to his aid.

But during that time, he caught a chest infection resulting in memory loss and terrifying hallucinations which only saw him released from hospital last week.

“I was a complete mess. I probably looked like a drunk.

“I just want to thank everyone that helped me.

“It proves there are still some good people about.”

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