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Student nurse thanked for lifesaving act in theatre

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A student nurse is being treated to a night out by the family of a woman whose life he saved during a trip to the theatre.

Judith Mansfield, 71, went into cardiac arrest in the audience shortly before the start of a show at the Hippodrome in Bristol earlier this year.

Kristian Keyte, who is due to graduate from the University of the West of England in November, went to her aid from his seat a few rows behind, before helping lift her on to the auditorium floor.

He then performed CPR on the pensioner for several minutes and worked with a St John Ambulance paramedic to restore her pulse and breathing ahead of the arrival of an ambulance crew.

He received a standing ovation from the audience after the successful resuscitation before the start of musical The Bodyguard, starring Alexandra Burke, in January.

Now full recovered, Ms Mansfield said: “It’s all thanks to Kristian’s quick-thinking action.”

On Tuesday, Mr Keyte and her family revisited the scene when they returned to the venue to watch the show Sister Act.

Since the incident, he has since become great friends with Judith’s family and with Alexandra Burke, who will also play the lead role in Sister Act.

When asked about the event, Ms Burke said: “On that night I was very much in the wings and there is no doubt that Kristian was the real star of the show.”

Mr Keyte said: “It’s so nice to be thanked in this way. I just happened to be there at the right time and it’s amazing what a difference it made that I was able to perform emergency CPR.

“Nurses don’t get thanked enough today so it’s really lovely that the family are showing their appreciation in this way,” he added.

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