saves life of Highbridge woman after heart attack
theatre-goer got a standing ovation from the audience after saving
the life of a woman from Highbridge who had suffered a heart attack.
Kristian Keyte, pictured, had gone to see The Bodyguard at The
Bristol Hippodrome when Judith Mansfield, 71, collapsed in the
Kristian is a student nursing at the University of the West of
England. He helped lay her on the floor before Kristian gave her
life-saving CPR until the ambulance crew arrived.
said: "I dont really know why I noticed her - we were
just waiting for the show to start but there was something that
didnt seem quite right and then everything happened so quickly
when she suddenly went into seizure."
rushed over to her and checked her airways and I could see that
she had agonal breathing which is where there is some movement
but not enough to sustain life. With the help of others we lifted
her out of her seat and on to the floor so that I could reassess
her breathing. I would estimate that the time of arrest to start
of resuscitation at less than a minute."
had to perform CPR for about two minutes and also needed to use
the Hippodrome defibrillator which applied a shock and brought
back a pulse. Her breathing was still very slow so we used the
ventilation bag to get her breathing again."
ambulance crew arrived within seven to eight minutes and by that
time she was awake but disorientated. I stayed with her whilst
the ambulance crew gave her oxygen and monitored her condition."
Bishop, Judith's daughter, told Burnham-On-Sea.com that the family
is hugely grateful.
entire family are eternally grateful to Kristian and everyone
else who helped, including St John Ambulance and the ambulance
crew. It could have been a very different story."
added that Judith - who was a well-known staff member at GW Hurleys
in Burnham High Street until she retired - is still in hospital
but is "doing remarkably well considering what happened."
recounted how the incident unfolded. "We were walking up
to the theatre and I noticed she was puffing a bit, so I said
there was no need to rush and said we could slow down."
got to our seats and started taking our coats off when I suddenly
reaslised she was unresponsive. I shouted for help and called
out for an amublance. It was hugely distressing and all a blur.
And then out of nowhere Kristian appeared and was just amazing."
quickly realised it was serious and started doing CPR. More help
arrived soon after with Craig and Steve from St John's, and a
defibrilator which brought her back around. They were all just
so fanatastic - and the theatre staff were amazing - they treated
her with so much dignity."
can't thank Kristian enough - and it was great that he and the
others have been able to visit mum this week in hospital. They
have all been fantastic."