It’s been reported today that an avid fan of medical soap Holby City put the lifesaving skills he’d learned as a result of watching the show to the test by performing CPR on a woman who’d collapsed.
Steven Edwards encountered an unconscious 82 year old lady, named as Kathleen Tate, in his local supermarket.
When he discovered she wasn’t breathing, he began CPR – which he’d seen done on Holby several times – and managed to keep Kathleen’s heart beating for around fifteen minutes until paramedics arrived.
Speaking to local newspaper, Cambridge News, Steve said, “Kathleen was basically dead. I have never done any training for life-saving.
“In the back of your mind it is an instinct to save someone…
“I guess I knew what to do from watching films and TV. I love Holby City – I must have watched hundreds of episodes.
“It is something that anyone else would do and I was so pleased to hear she was better.”
The paper adds that Steve was helped in his attempts to keep Kathleen alive by passerby Danny Collen, and of the two men, Kathleen’s grateful daughter Kathy said, “These two men are the reason my mother is still alive and we are all so grateful.”
Steve is pictured above, front row left, beside Kathleen and on her right, Danny.
However, Holby City’s producer, Justin Young, said that while he applauded Steve and Danny for what they’d done, and was pleased the show had helped save a life in this manner, he added, “While we would generally advise our viewers to leave saving lives to the professionals.”
But as mentioned, he conceded, “We are proud and delighted if we were in any way the inspiration for Steve’s heroic actions.
”All of us at Holby are pleased to hear Kathleen is making a full recovery and congratulate Steve on both his quick thinking and his excellent taste in television programmes.”
Have you ever been in a similar position to that which Steve found himself, and been able to use lifesaving techniques you’ve seen on telly?
If so, let us know!