Actor Dustin Hoffman is being hailed as a hero this week after he saved the life of Sam Dempster, a jogger who began having a heart attack while running through London’s Hyde Park.
Hoffman immediately realized something was wrong with Dempster and dialed 999 (London’s equivalent to 911).
Dustin witnessed Dempster begin to foam at the mouth and then take a fall and quickly called for help. Hoffman than stayed by the mans side for 15 minutes and waited with him as paramedics performed CPR to save his life.
As paramedics got the joggers heart beating again Hoffman simply said “Great job, guys” before going on his way.
After doctors performed a life saving procedure on the jogger he said of the actors quick thinking and his paramedics actions:
“I just want to thank Dustin Hoffman, Martin and Luke, who successfully resuscitated me with CPR, and all the staff at both Chelsea and Westminster, and Royal Brompton Hospitals.
“I can’t wait to get running around the park again.”
The procedure carried out on Sam Dempster was the same one used on Bolton soccer star Fabrice Muamba who also collapsed recently while running.
The procedure involved installing a new device that zaps the heart if there is a problem, ensuring a full out heart attack doesn’t stop Sam’s heart completely.
Sam, 27, tells The Sun:
“I have no memory of what happened. The paramedics told me I had been saved by Dustin Hoffman. It’s unbelievable.”
Are you impressed with Dustin Hoffman’s quick thinking that helped save Sam Dempster’s life?