An adult nursing student from the University of the West of England received a standing ovation at the Bristol Hippodrome after resuscitating a woman in the audience who went into cardiac arrest.
Kristian Keyte was a few rows behind Judith Mansfield, 71, as the audience awaited the start of the musical, The Bodyguard, starring X Factor winner Alexandra Burke.
After noticing the pensioner looking distressed, he responded when she had a seizure by helping lift her on to the auditorium floor so he could check her airways.
Student nurse resuscitates woman at Bristol theatre
Mr Keyte, a third year adult nursing student, said: “We were just waiting for the show to start but there was something that didn’t seem quite right and then everything happened so quickly when she suddenly went into seizure.
“I rushed over to her and checked her airways and I could see that she had agonal breathing which is where there is some movement but not enough to sustain life,” he said.
“With the help of others we lifted her out of her seat and on to the floor so that I could reassess her breathing. I would estimate that the time of arrest to start of resuscitation at less than a minute,” said Mr Keyte.
“This is just part of what we do being a nurse. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time”
He added: “I had to perform CPR for about two minutes and also needed to use the Hippodrome defibrillator which applied a shock and this brought back a pulse. Her breathing was still very slow so we used the ventilation bag to get her breathing again.
“The ambulance crew arrived within seven to eight minutes and by that time she was awake but disorientated. I stayed with her whilst the ambulance crew gave her oxygen and monitored her condition,” he said.
Professor Steve West, the university’s vice-chancellor, said: “The university is very proud of Kristian who obviously knew exactly what needed to be done at a critical moment.
He described Mr Keyte as a “shining example” of a student who had “grasped opportunities and demonstrated that he was able to apply what he had learned when it mattered most”.