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GP saves pal's life on footy pitch

By Lynsey Bradford, Town Reporter Sunday 8th December 2013
Hero: Dr Mehrban Ghani

A quickthinking Barnsley doctor helped saved his friend's life after he collapsed during a football match.


GP Dr Mehrban Ghani, who is based at White Rose Medical Practice, Cudworth, was playing football with his team in Sheffield when a player suddenly felt unwell and went into cardiac arrest on the pitch.


Tair Bashir, 42, of Rotherham, who had complained of chest pain during the match, was saved thanks to three fellow team mates – all GPs.


Dr Ghani said: "A couple of other GP colleagues and I went to check over Tair and it was quickly clear that he was having a heart attack.


"His breathing had stopped so we performed CPR for about 20 minutes. We continued with it once the ambulance arrived when we used their equipment and were able gave him a couple of shocks, oxygen and some adrenaline."


Tair was taken to the nearest hospital in Sheffield where he received specialist treatment and is now recovering.


Dr Ghani, who is also the medical director at Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group, added: "Tair was extremely fortunate that there were people around him who knew how to carry out CPR.


"It is really important that everyone between 40 and 74 gets their free NHS Health Check at their GP practice.


"The check assesses your risk of things like heart disease and stroke and you will be given support and advice to help you reduce or manage that risk. This is particularly important in certain patient groups such as South Asians and Eastern Europeans."



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Posted by Stu I Sun 8th Dec 2013 at 4:58pm

Well done

Posted by Bev Semley I Sun 8th Dec 2013 at 7:16pm

Well done Dr Ghani and colleagues. Right place at the right time.