Woman's horror as suicidal homeless man downed pills 'like M&Ms' and said "it&#
Emma Seasman said the homeless man asked her for a cigarette because he wanted 'one last smoke before I die'
The family described how they stayed with the man and tried to keep him awake (Photo: OJO Images RF)
A family have revealed their terror when a a rough sleeper asked them for a cigarette and then downed pills 'like he was eating M&Ms' in front of them in a bid to kill himself.
Husband and wife Emma and Chris Seasman as well as daughter Eavan, 17, had been walking together when a homeless man asked for a cigarette. They told him they had none and he said he wanted to have 'one last smoke before I die.'
The man then took an overdose, swallowing handfuls of pills as he tried to take his own life.
The couple called an ambulance and stayed with him to keep him awake as they desperately tried to save his life - despite him urging them to leave him as he said 'it would be better to die.'
Emma, 38, shared the experience on Facebook to raise awareness of the homelessness issue facing the city of Liverpool - and why it’s so important to look out for other people.
She wrote: “Today Chris said hello to a bloke who asked for a cigarette . We said sorry mate none of us smoke. I asked him if he wanted some change, and he said ‘no, I want one last smoke before I die’.
“He took a handful of tablets and gulped them back with a can of strong cider, like he was eating M&Ms.
“Chris walked away quietly and called for an ambulance. I knew enough about overdoses to know I had to try and keep him awake."
“While waiting for the ambulance Eavan and I listened to him talk about his life as he grew drowsy trying to lay down to sleep. He comes from Latvia and his sister is a millionaire but she doesn’t like him and won't help.”
She added: “He was wearing Everton tracksuit bottoms, even though he prefers German football. He has stunningly blue eyes that stood out more as his pupils became pinholes. He smiled and laughed although he’d just OD’d to the max.
“He apologised and asked ‘please can you leave me to die, it would be better’.
“If we had walked in a different direction, or if Chris hadn’t said hello to a bloke who asked for a cigarette, maybe he would have just looked like a drunk homeless man asleep in a doorway."
Emma said she asked the man about himself who told her he was 34 and gave his name. But she didn't want to reveal it and gave it as C*****.
She added: "Every person on the street has a life and a history. I hope C***** gets the help he needs so he can live another 34 years at least.”
Emma told the Liverpool Echo she thinks it’s important to say hello when people are living on the streets.
She said: “I’d say just say hello or give eye contact and smile rather than blank people. You don’t have to give change to everyone as it’s impossible but at least acknowledge someone as a bare minimum. I stopped because he asked a question so it’s only polite to respond.”
Her Facebook post has been shared dozens of times and racked up a lot of comments.
One Facebook user commented: “Breaks my heart Emma.”
Parr Street, Liverpool (Photo: Google Street View)