It was Saturday September, 30 around Noon when Sarah Waller ordered an Uber to drop her off at her car in the Triangle. That's just near 47th and Guadalupe.
“We were just driving and we made it to the Triangle, about two streets away from the Flying Saucer. He just slams on the brakes mid-sentence and starts screaming and banging on the window and starts saying ‘I'm dying I'm dying,’” said Waller.
Waller says she found out her 33-year-old driver had a congenital heart problem, and the contraption attached to his heart, malfunctioned. Waller, who is new to Austin called 9-1-1.
“I had to call someone to come and help me with where I was. I put on the hazards, and started talking to him and keeping him calm,” said Waller.
“He kept repeating he didn't want to die. But I didn't know how to help him,” said Waller.
Little did she know, her positive words made an impact. She kept telling him he was not going to die and that help was on the way.
Austin-Travis County EMS arrived and took him to the hospital. The driver did survive and is doing much better.
“I was in the car with someone I knew for five minutes, and all of a sudden we are in these extremely intimate position where he was struggling for his life,” said Waller.
Strangers or acquaintances, none of that matters when it comes down to life or death.
“I am happy that at least I was there for him, and I was able to comfort him,” said Waller.
Uber released a statement to FOX 7 saying: "We are grateful for Sarah’s quick thinking and the speedy response of first responders. We have been in contact with our driver and are thankful he is doing okay.”