Page last updated at 17:46 GMT, Wednesday, 25 November 2009

TV doctor show saved man's life

Louise, Dai and Cheryl Morris
Louise Morris (l) said the techniques shown must be authentic because they worked

A daughter used lifesaving techniques she learned from a television medical drama to save her father's life when he collapsed at home with chest pains.

Louise Morris, 22, is a big fan of the American series House and remembered a scene where doctors revived a heart attack victim.

Her father Dai, 55, had stopped breathing. Ms Morris performed chest compressions until paramedics arrived.

Ms Morris of Wattstown, Rhondda Valley, is thinking of training as a nurse.

She said of the incident: "I knew from watching house that Dad had about three minutes before a lack of oxygen would cause brain damage.

"So I lay him on the floor, cleared his airways and pushed on his heart while breathing into his mouth.

"I could hear a gurgling sound like he was under water so there was obviously fluid in his throat and lungs.

It's just as well the techniques they show are authentic because that's how I knew what to do
Louise Morris

"I kept on working on him until paramedics arrived and they were able to clear the blockage."

Paramedics used a defibrillator eight times before Mr Morris's heart started pumping again.

He was taken to hospital and spent a month as an in-patient being treated for a blood clot.

Medical professionals said the father-of-two would not have survived without Ms Morris's actions.

She added: "I love House and [lead actor] Hugh Laurie is one of my favourite actors.

"It's just as well the techniques they show are authentic because that's how I knew what to do.

"Mum was freaking out, screaming and running around but I was completely calm."

Her mother Cheryl said she was "amazed" when her daughter started performing CPR, adding: "I didn't know she could do it."

Mr Morris, who works as a driver, said: "Louise is always watching TV medical dramas - it goes to show there is an educational side to them too.

"I was lucky she was there - if I'd been in my lorry I would be a gonner."



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