Off-duty nurse saves man's life at Premier League match

Stoke City fan Liz Mellor stepped in when fellow football fan had a cardiac arrest


An off-duty nurse’s quick reactions at a Premier League football match helped to save the life of a man who had a cardiac arrest while watching the game.

Stoke City fan Liz Mellor, pictured below, who has been recognised by her fellow fans for her efforts, was watching Stoke play Norwich City at home on January 13 when she learned a man had been taken unwell.

Liz Mellor

Ms Mellor, a breast care nurse at the Royal Stoke University Hospital, joined two retired nurses and a doctor in helping the man, who was not breathing or showing signs of life.

She took over administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation to him and stayed with him for about 40 minutes.

The St John Ambulance and West Midlands Ambulance Service also attended to the man, whose heart was restarted before he was transferred to the Royal Stoke University Hospital.  

The nurse said: ‘I know what I know, so I was going to help no matter what. I was across there in a few seconds.’

The man’s family has thanked Ms Mellor for her help and she also received a standing ovation from Stoke City’s fans at the team's next home game against Arsenal.

She said the ovation was 'very emotional and surreal' and added that she had just done 'something simple' in her eyes. 

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