Tuesday 23 January 2018

Action hero Dustin Hoffman saves the life of a jogger having a heart attack

Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman

John Fahey

A JOGGER who suffered a cardiac arrest was saved after Hollywood veteran Dustin Hoffman went to his aid.

Sam Dempster, 27, collapsed during a run in London's Hyde Park on April 27.

The Rain Man star, who has a house in the capital, waited with the stricken lawyer until paramedics from London Ambulance Service carried out resuscitation and rushed him to hospital.

It is thought the 74-year-old actor also called the emergency services. After paramedics Martin Macarthur and Luke Sullivan restarted Mr Dempster's heart, Hoffman said: "Great job, guys," The Sun reported.

Mr Dempster was taken to hospital and underwent life-saving surgery like Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba who collapsed with the same condition during a live televised FA Cup game.

Mr Dempster told the newspaper: "I have no memory of what happened.

"The paramedics told me I had been saved by Dustin Hoffman.

"It's unbelievable."

Mr Dempster was enjoying a morning run when he collapsed as the actor was taking a walk.

Paramedic Mr Macarthur told The Sun: "Dustin was fascinated.

"He seemed impressed we'd got this guy back so quickly.

"When we were carrying the patient into the ambulance he walked up and said 'Great job, guys.'

"He really appreciated what had happened."

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