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THERE’S a growing appetite for what’s been described as ‘‘blue-sky TV’’ — shows that are life-affirming and emphasise the connection people have with their community.
So it’s no surprise Channel 7 has a hit on its hands with Triple Zero Heroes, which tells stories about real 000 calls and those involved in emergencies and rescues.
The episode on March 1 will be a heart-stopper, featuring a replay of a woman who must be guided through a breech birth on the back seat of a car on the Tullamarine freeway.
This follows a remarkable event that occurred as a result of a boy who’d watched the first episode of the show on February 8.
The show told the story of a threeyear-old who’d fallen into a backyard swimming pool. The episode re-enacted the child’s grandmother giving him life-saving resuscitation.
Three days later, Kristian Constandinou, 10, became a hero when he used what he learned from Heroes to revive his sister Phoebe, 3, who nearly drowned in a back-yard pool.
Kristian and his other sisters, Zoe, 12, and Eva, 9, were playing in the pool when they noticed their younger sibling lying face down in the water at their home near Tweed Heads.
The three dragged the toddler from the pool and noticed she wasn’t breathing, which is when Kristian began CPR — a skill he learned from watching Heroes.
‘‘I really did think I would lose her, but I remembered watching them do resuscitation on the show and thankfully it helped her,’’ Kristian said.
His sister Zoe added: ‘‘We realised she wasn’t moving so we dragged her over to the edge and started pumping her chest and giving her mouth-to-mouth.’’
Jason Stephens, director of development at the show’s production company, FremantleMedia, says there is growing international interest in the Heroes format.
‘‘They love it overseas,’’ he says.
‘‘It’s such a great concept that has been 18 months in the making — working with privacy laws and getting the sign-off from the Attorney-General’s office.
‘‘There are about 1000 of these (triple zero) calls that come in each day in Victoria alone — police, fire brigade and ambulance. About one in five who are approached from the show are happy to be on it. They often want to do it to thank the people who saved their life.’’
Rescuers: Eva and Zoe Constandinou helped save their three-year-old sister from drowning.