Doctor saves runner
The Queenstown Marathon took an unexpected turn for an emergency physician who stopped to help another runner who collapsed during the race. Dr Domhnall Brannigan (pictured) is in Queenstown attending an emergency medicine conference.
During the race, he ran past a young man who was looking a bit unsteady on his feet. Brannigan asked if he was OK, and the man said yes, so he kept running - until he heard cries for help.
The man was lying face down completely unconscious, had struck his head and had an obstructed airway.
‘‘I placed him in the recovery position and held his airway open with a jaw thrust manoeuvre which any first-aider will know.’’
After spending 30 minutes at the scene, he turned around and finished the second half of the marathon.
Brannigan later called the hospital and was told the man had improved.
Frankton firefighter Marc Manderson completed the full Queenstown Marathon wearing his fire-fighting gear in a time of 4.45.27.