He told the PA news agency: “The road to recovery is long and I know there are going to be ups and downs, but it’s purely because of the help that woman gave me that I am here today.
“It is Father’s Day tomorrow, and I could have left two children, aged 16 and 12, and a wife, but as it is I am looking forward to opening some socks.”
He said the woman, who he believes was called Dani or Danielle, was a nurse with blonde curly hair, a “kind face”, and was possibly from Australia or New Zealand.
He added: “People do walk past, we don’t always take the time to see what is going on around us, but if that woman hadn’t stopped, I would have been dead. She was just so calming with me all the way through.
“It’s another one of those little acts of heroism, those little acts of kindness, and I just want to thank her for that.”
Mrs O’Toole told PA: “I just want to say thank you, from the bottom of my heart, because I’ve still got a husband and my boys have still got a dad.”
She said the family was also “so grateful” for the treatment he received from the NHS, and wanted to highlight the importance of recognising the symptoms of a stroke.