A MAN who performed CPR on a pensioner he found unconscious in the street is desperate to find out what happened to him.

Fred Thomas, 65, a well-known local baker, was returning to his home in Beech Avenue, in Holgate, when he spotted someone on the ground.

The baker rushed over to find a stricken elderly man not moving on the floor, and the grandfather-of-seven ran inside his home to dial 999.

He was given emergency instructions by a call handler who guided him through the traumatic process of giving potentially life saving treatment over the phone.

Mr Thomas carried on until paramedics arrived but the effort and stress had taken their toll on the dad-of-three and he was helped back into his home by a neighbour.

"I've got bad knees and because I had to kneel down to do CPR they were hurting me," he said.

"When the paramedics got there I told them I had to get a drink because my mouth was dry and I had to rest my knees.

"My next door neighbour gave me a cup of tea and I really wanted to know who he was but nobody could tell me because they didn't know his name."

Mr Thomas says nobody has contacted him about the man's condition and he fears the worst.

He called York Hospital and Leeds General Infirmary in a bid to find out more but the good samaritan has been unable to find out any information without a name.

"It is really upsetting me that I don't know," he added.

"I really want to know how he is.

"If he hasn't made it I would like to say to his family that I did my best."

Although hospital and ambulance authorities have said it is almost impossible to trace the sick man to find out his progress without a name and date of birth, they have managed to confirm he was transferred to Leeds General Infirmary later the same day - Thursday, March 24.

They have also praised Mr Thomas for his efforts to save the man he found collapsed.

A spokesperson for Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust said: "Mr Thomas is to be commended for staying calm and doing all the right things when faced with a daunting situation.

"We know that in many medical emergencies the first few minutes are critical. If effective treatment can be performed within those first minutes, lives can be saved and disability reduced."