Layke Anderson tracks down Kiwi guardian angel who saved his life at at Vauxhall tube station
The power of the internet has helped a British filmmaker track down the guardian angel who stopped him from… commit suicide on a platform.
Layke Anderson, 38, launched a viral Twitter thread earlier this week in a desperate attempt to locate the mysterious brunette who saved his life in London’s Vauxhall tube station nearly four years ago.
He already thanked her personally when the couple happened to meet each other a year later during an emotional reunion in a bar – but he never learned her name or saw her until now.
Within two days of his plea going viral and attracting worldwide attention, the mysterious woman has been tracked down on the other side of the world, much to the amazement of the award-winning filmmaker.
He has since discovered that Tania is a Maori from New Zealand and not from Australia as he initially thought.
Anderson shared a screenshot of a heartwarming message from a family member ending the search and the emotional response his Twitter thread provoked.
“Somehow your Twitter message reached us,” Ali wrote.
British filmmaker Layke Anderson (pictured) made a public appeal to track down the brunette Good Samaritan who saved his life
“It landed in Tania’s inbox today from someone she told the story to at work.
She called us that night in New Zealand, sobbing. Told us all about it and was distraught she couldn’t get you to your destination.’
‘My sister-in-law is an initiative and a wonderful person. She is Kiwi, Maori.
Ali added that Tania often thought of Mr. Anderson and only thought of him two days ago.
“I just read her through all your tweets. She was just crying. So glad you’re still here. We all are,” Ali wrote.
They added that his story had touched their own hearts because of their own mental health issues and offered to pass on Tania’s contact information.
Ali also wants to catch up with Mr. Anderson when they visit London next month.
“We all feel like we all know you,” they wrote.
“So much love to you and the universe for interrupting and also showing us this message.”
The filmmaker tracked down his guardian angel on the other side of the world within two days when he shared the heartwarming message of Tania’s relative
An overwhelmed Mr. Anderson thanked everyone who had been in touch.
“I didn’t expect this to go viral. But finally… I’ve found her!’ he tweeted on friday
“Glasses with joy when I read this. Now I know her name… Tania. #Whanau’
The update was inundated with heartwarming comments.
“Awww this just brought a huge smile to my face. Really glad you were able to find Tania again,” one man wrote.
One woman added: ‘That’s so beautiful, so glad you haven’t found each other (yet)!
Anderson said he often thought of his “guardian angel,” who he described as a brunette with an adult son.
“In late 2018, I was trying to end my life on a tube platform,” the tweets thread began.
“A woman saw what was happening and stopped me. At the time, all I could remember about this woman was her earrings – like coins from the Qing dynasty. I don’t remember much else to be honest, and I never told anyone.
Layke Anderson (pictured) reunites with the Good Samaritan who saved his life
A year later, Mr. Anderson was having a beer with his best mate when he became aware of a presence and felt that he was… being watched.
“I had forgotten my glasses (glasses) at home, but when I turned around I immediately knew it was her. She was about 100 feet away,” he recalled.
“Even though I hadn’t told the story to anyone, I decided to tell my buddy on the spot. It was hard to tell how I felt, but he is the very best.
“He, too, turned to look, but she and I were already getting up. I don’t remember when we said anything… we just hugged.
“I remember feeling her heart beating, and of course the earrings… she was wearing the exact same earrings.”
Anderson originally thought the woman was Australian, who had moved to the UK for work.
“She was sitting with another lady, someone she’d just met, who told her the story of that morning,” he recalled.
“She just told me… to describe you… and then out of nowhere you came and sat in front of us,” said the friend.
“It was definitely a surreal moment, yet somehow I felt expected because I got a chance to look this woman in the eye and thank her for saving my life.”
Layke Anderson attempted suicide on Vauxhall’s tube platform in late 2018 before a guardian angel from Australia intervened
Anderson ended the tweet by urging everyone to watch out for each other.
“In a world so permeated with choices and living a life of more and more options, we still can’t choose our guardian angels,” Anderson concluded.
“But if we’re lucky, like me, they’ll find us when we need them. They’re watching, so let’s keep an eye out for each other. Only share this with love.’
Anderson was inundated with messages of support from benefactors, while others shared their own battles with their personal demons.
“Your memory is such a beautiful gift to all of us. It shows how we have all been placed in places for a reason, and the absolute proof of a divine power in charge is that your two paths crossed again in the most amazing way! I’ve seen this in my life too,” commented one woman.
Another added: ‘I’ve been thinking a lot about ending it too lately, I always manage to chase it away, but rest assured, one day it will get to me. However, I like this story Full of hope and kindness.’
Layke Anderson in early 2019, months after his life was saved by a mysterious stranger
The filmmaker is on a mission to track down the woman with the Qing dynasty coin earrings
Anderson later revealed that he was overwhelmed by the massive response.
“I am deeply, deeply touched, beyond all words and trying to read and reply to every message, while also extending my sincere condolences to everyone who has lost someone in such circumstances,” he said.
His work has been won and screened at dozens of international film festivals, including his debut film Dylan’s Room.
Anderson previously worked as an actor, co-starring with Udo Kier and Stephen Fry in the 2009 Luxembourg feature film HOB.
The recordings have started for his latest project Sweet Brother – a philosophical investigation into the darkest realms of the soul and a meditation on the fall of man from grace.
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Layke Anderson urged everyone to look out for each other as he recalled the harrowing ordeal