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Buffalo man: Two women saved my life on Hertel Avenue

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Posted at 2:48 PM, Jul 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-14 17:42:24-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Buffalo man is counting his blessings after he says two good Samaritans assisted him during a medical emergency this weekend.

53-year-old Stephen Ujvari Jr. tells 7 Eyewitness News around 10:00 p.m. on Saturday he was on Hertel Avenue, near Colvin, when he began to experience numbness in his right hand and had dizzy spells, as he was walking home from a nearby restaurant.

“As I continued to walk home, the feelings got stronger and stronger, and the numbness got more and more and I kept stopping. My goal, in my head was to just go home and sleep it off. Eventually though, the dizzy spells got too strong, he recalled. "And so I was laying there in the dark. These two young ladies, I heard them walking and I said to them, ‘excuse me’, and they stopped. I told them I was in a bit of a trouble here. The one lady said, ‘have you called 911?’ and I said I honestly cannot. They told me to stay there, they called 911 for me."

He says two women that were walking by helped him and stayed with him until he was assisted by emergency officials at the scene and taken to the hospital. He was unable to identify the women but would like to meet them to let them know they are heroes.

“I was going to give them my number because I wanted to be able to get back to them, when all this was done. Again, not knowing how serious this was. They were super, super sweet and said, ‘you just get better and don’t worry about it It turns out, once I got to the hospital, they ran some quick tests, basically, had I made it to my house like I had hoped, I would not have made it to the next day. Had I laid there, however much longer, who knows what could have happened," he explained.

Stephen's father, Stephen Ujvari Sr., says the kindness in Buffalo is unmatched.

“The fact that those two ladies walked by, stopped by and took time to help a total stranger, they literally saved my life," Stephen said.

Stephen says he had blockages in his heart and underwent an angioplasty. He now has three stents in his chest and the doctors are worried about his kidneys, but he could be released from the hospital as early as Thursday.