A Joondalup man who suffered life-threatening head injuries after a mysterious incident involving a taxi last month believes a couple who helped him saved his life.
Philip, 22, who did not want his surname used, wants to thank the man and woman, who he does not know, for driving him home after finding him confused and wandering on a northern suburbs roadside early on Sunday, August 19.
He said it was hard to think about, but doctors had told him he would not have survived much longer without an operation to relieve swelling and bleeding on his brain.
"I could have been anybody and they were good enough to give me a lift home," he said.
Philip and his friend Stephen, 20, both sustained head injuries after catching a taxi home to Joondalup about 3.15am from a night out in Northbridge.
Philip cannot remember exactly what happened that morning but believes Stephen jumped from the cab after the driver refused to stop at a bank close to their home so they could get money for the fare.
He claimed he was unable to jump out when Stephen did and was found in the area about 9am by a man walking his dog.
The man and his wife then took Philip home and his girlfriend drove him to hospital.
As a result of his injuries doctors had to remove part of his skull.
Philip hopes the people who took him home will come forward so he can thank them personally and ask for more information about exactly where they found him.
Police are trying to piece together what happened that night and Det-Sen. Const. Jamie Paterson said they were still trying to identify the taxi driver who drove the young men to Joondalup in what is believed to be a 13Cabs silver sedan.
"The taxi driver must have known the two men were injured and we just want to speak to him about what happened," Det-Sen. Const. Paterson said.
It is believed the men caught the taxi to Boas Avenue and CCTV from the area shows a taxi driving down the street with the door open.
Stephen has since returned to Ireland and Philip has been released from hospital but will need at least one more operation and still cannot work or drive.Police have appealed for the couple who helped Philip or anyone who saw him - he had been wearing dark blue jeans, a black T-shirt and a black jacket - or has information about the incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or north-west metropolitan detectives on 9246 8355.
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