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Chance leads GP to save dying man

Dr Andrew Field carried out a roadside resuscitation on a dying man he spotted by chance on an out-of-hours call. The 57-year-old patient had been beaten unconscious by a gang of youths after challenging them over a theft.

Dr Field, a GP in York, said he had to give five defibrillator shocks to resuscitate him.

'It was very important we arrived when we did, although it was a coincidence,' he said.

'I have never seen a recovery like it. If it gets to more than two or three shocks you think the heart will not start again.'

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