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A young woman was convinced to leave the edge of a bridge while considering taking her own life.
Lauren Elizabeth, a 23-year-old mother of two from Canterbury, England, told SWNS she was struggling with her mental health before the event.
After finishing a cigarette, Elizabeth stood at the top of an overpass in the city where she and her two children live, and was ready to jump when an off-duty paramedic spotted her.
“She pulled over and I was crying,” he told SWNS of the woman who pulled her car over to the side.
“She said, ‘Are you okay?’ and I said, ‘I’m fine, leave me alone.'”
Elizabeth went on to explain that the off-duty paramedic said he was going to “turn the corner,” and the rest was confusing to her.
Elizabeth said the police showed up and took her to the back of an officer’s car.
“I broke down and told them everything,” he said.
The young mother of two said she went to an overpass in her city and was preparing to take her life.SWNS
The mother-of-two was taken to William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, England, before being transferred to a signaling unit where she was further assessed, according to SWNS.
Elizabeth, who lives in Ashford, England, with her two children, ages 6 and 4, said she owes “everything” to the paramedic.
“If it wasn’t for the paramedic who stopped by that night, I wouldn’t have gotten the help I needed or been able to watch my children grow up,” she told SWNS.
A 23-year-old mother of two in the UK credits an off-duty paramedic with saving her life. Lauren Elizabeth / SWNS
Elizabeth was able to speak to the paramedic to express her gratitude and tell him that if the woman had not shown up and taken the time to talk to her, she would not be here today.
“There were very few things that would have changed my mind; it was more that there was someone there,” she said.
Elizabeth said she is in a much better place now.
Lauren Elizabeth had been struggling with her mental health at the time and had decided to end her life after finishing her last cigarette. Lauren Elizabeth / SWNS
He hopes others will stop and think the next time they see something similar.
“It can be a big help to know that people care,” he said.
He also said: “Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.”