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Dr Sarah Woodward has saved Christmas. She and her surgeon husband resuscitated Santa after he suffered a heart attack while handing out presents at their children's local school.

Dr Woodward, a GP in Birmingham, said Santa ­ alias 73-year-old Brian Newton ­ began to stagger across the stage and then collapsed. She said: 'At first we thought it was a joke, as if the presents were too heavy, but when we felt he had no pulse we realised he was very ill.' She and her husband performed CPR with the help of a nurse and radiologist.

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