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Dr Mehrban Ghani

Barnsley GP saves friend’s life at football match

Back in 2013, Barnsley GP Dr Mehrban Ghani, based at White Rose Medical Practice, Cudworth, was called into action to save someone’s life one Friday night when one of his friends collapsed during a football match. 

Dr Ghani talks here about how anyone, not just a trained GP, can help someone who stops breathing by know how to use CPR.

Tair Bashir, aged 42 from Rotherham, was playing with his regular team in the Lucozade Powerleague in Sheffield, when he suddenly felt unwell and went into cardiac arrest on the touchline. The IT consultant, who complained of chest pain during the match, was saved thanks to three fellow team mates – all GPs, including Dr Ghani. 

Dr Ghani said: “A couple of other GP colleagues and I went to check over Tair and it was quickly clear that he was having a heart attack. His breathing had stopped so we performed CPR for about 20 minutes.  We continued with it once the ambulance arrived where we had their equipment and were able gave him a couple of shocks, oxygen and some adrenaline.” 

Tair was taken to the nearest hospital in Sheffield where he underwent surgery and is now recovering, thanks to the swift action of the GPs and the CPR he received pitch side. 

Dr Ghani, who is also the medical director at Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group said: "Tair was extremely fortunate that there were people around him who knew how to carry out CPR. It is really important that everyone between 40 and 74 gets their free NHS Health Check at their GP practice. The check assesses your risk of things like heart disease and stroke and you will be given support and advice to help you reduce or manage that risk. This is particularly important in certain patient groups such as South Asians and Eastern Europeans."

Check out Vinnie Jones in the British Heart Foundation video showing you how easy it is to perform hand only >> First Aid CPR

What are NHS Health Checks?

The NHS Health Check programme aims to help prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and certain types of dementia.Everyone between the ages of 40 and 74, who has not already been diagnosed with one of these conditions or have certain risk factors, will be invited (once every five years) to have a check to assess their risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes and will be given support and advice to help them reduce or manage that risk.

Click here to find out how to get your health check.