A mother whose baby suffered an extreme allergic reaction today asked for help tracing the black cab driver who helped save the boy’s life and refused to take a fare.
Kate Moore said the driver used the Knowledge to navigate back streets she never knew existed to get her boy Algie to A&E within minutes.
Mrs Moore said his actions “restored my faith in mankind”. It happened as she fed Algie, eight months, his first piece of egg and he went into potentially fatal anaphylactic shock. His face swelled and he came out in hives.
Mrs Moore, 38, an advertising executive, said: “The entire left-hand side of his face and his lips had swollen up, he was red and blotchy, had a rash around his mouth and was rasping for breath.
“We live very close to St Thomas’s paediatric A&E on the South Bank so I reckoned it was faster to grab a cab than wait for an ambulance. I put him in his buggy and ran into Lupus Street to find help, I was in a bit of a tizzy.” Mrs Moore saw a black cab driver chatting outside a shop. She said: “I dashed over and he did not see me as his back was to us. I asked him if he was working, he said, ‘Sorry love I’m off home’ then he properly turned around, seeing me burst into tears and my son with hives all over his face. Within seconds he had bundled me, Algie and the buggy into the back of his cab.
“We didn’t break any laws but he took little side roads that I didn’t know existed.”
The streets around Mrs Moore’s house are known among cabbies as the “Pimlico Triangle”.
Mrs Moore said: “He nipped in and out and we were at the hospital in no time and the driver was calm and amazing throughout. “I had a £20 note in the buggy, which I shoved through the window and he shoved it back at me and said, ‘Go!’ He hadn’t even turned the meter on. When we got into A&E, Algie was seen straight away by an amazing team. Within 15 minutes of being given the medication he was better.” Steve McNamara of the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association, said: “This driver’s actions were in the finest tradition of the taxi trade.”
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