Doc­tor saves run­ner

Central Otago Mirror - - CLASSIFIEDS -

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.

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