Kindness of stranger eases the pain


Road to recovery: Rahni Mackie awaits treatment at Frankston Hospital last week. She and her mother, Margaret, are hoping to make contact with the ‘good Samaritan’ who comforted her. Picture: Gary Sissons

A FALL from her bike last week proved painful for a Seaford woman – but the kindness shown by a complete stranger helped make her ordeal bearable.

Rahni Mackie, 46, was riding with her dog alongside Kananook Creek when she crashed, breaking her leg in three places and knocking her head on the path, 9.30am, Thursday.

A passerby, known only as “Alex” and aged about 19, ran up to help – and then generously waited for three-quarters of an hour comforting the injured woman, minding her dog – and even called her mum.

“He called me and told me what had happened and, when I arrived, he walked Rahni’s bike to the station so that we could collect it later,” Mrs Margaret Mackie, of Chelsea, said. 

“He was just so lovely. You don’t often hear about that sort of thing happening these days and I was worried we had kept him so long.

“I asked him his name and he said ‘Alex’ and we shook hands. That is all we know about him. Afterwards, he walked to the station and, I suppose, got the train to work.”

Mrs Mackie took her daughter by car to Frankston Hospital, where she was awaiting operations on her broken tibia and fibula, Friday.

The women would like Alex to contact them so they can thank him for his kind concern. He is asked to call The Times, 5973 6424.

First published in the Frankston Times – 7 August 2017

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