Student nurse star receives standing ovation at Hippodrome for saving life

Issue date: 25 January 2016

An adult nursing student from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) received a standing ovation at the Bristol Hippodrome following his successful resuscitation of a woman in the audience who went into cardiac arrest.

Kristian Keyte was a few rows behind Judith Mansfield, 71, as the audience awaited the start of a musical starring X Factor winner Alexandra Burke. After noticing the pensioner's daughter was looking distressed, he leapt out of his seat to come to her aid. When he realised Judith was not breathing, he helped lift her on to the auditorium floor and began CPR.

Kristian, a third year adult nursing student at UWE Bristol, said, "I don't really know why I noticed Mrs Mansfield; we were just waiting for the show to start but there was something that didn't seem quite right and then everything happened so quickly. I rushed over to her, could see that she was unresponsive and not breathing. With the help of others we lifted Mrs Mansfield out of her seat and on to the floor so that I could reassess her breathing. I would estimate that the time of arrest to start of resuscitation was less than a minute.

"I had to perform CPR for about two to three minutes before the paramedic from St John Ambulance arrived and applied the Hippodrome defibrillator. Mrs Mansfield was shocked once, and needed a further two minutes of CPR before she regained a pulse. Her breathing was still very slow so I used the ventilation bag and mask to get her breathing again. The ambulance crew arrived within seven to eight minutes and by that time she was awake but disorientated. I stayed with her whilst the ambulance continued to assess and monitor her condition."

As the ambulance crew took Judith to hospital the audience stood up and gave Kristian an ovation. The start of the show, The Bodyguard, was delayed but there was no doubt among theatre goers that a starring role had already been played.

When asked about his actions at the venue on Thursday, 24-year-old Kristian was incredibly modest. He said, "This is just part of what we do as nurses. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time. The media interest has been incredible, with everyone supporting me at the university and at Weston Hospital where I work part time on the bank as a health care assistant. I have been in touch with Mrs Mansfield's family since the show and I'm really pleased to say that she is doing well."

Judith's daughter Beverley Bishop said, "The entire family - my dad, sister, three grandchildren and sons-in-law - are eternally grateful to Kristian and everyone else who helped, including St John Ambulance, who were on hand, and the ambulance crew. It could have been a very different story."

Sarah Green, Head of Nursing and Midwifery at UWE Bristol, said, "The entire Adult Nursing team at UWE are thrilled to learn about Kristian's quick thinking and actions at the Hippodrome. The nursing education at UWE Bristol is very highly rated and the staff work hard to ensure that students get plenty of opportunities to practice the many scenarios they will eventually encounter in the working world in our state-of-the-art simulated learning suites. CPR is one of these scenarios which replicates a real world situation and enables our students to safely practice their skills and competencies. Kristian's actions show his ability for effective decision making and leadership that are vital for our future nurses."

Professor Steve West, UWE Bristol's Vice-Chancellor, said, "The university is very proud of Kristian who obviously knew exactly what needed to be done at a critical moment. He has saved Judith's life. We pride ourselves on being a university that produces ready and able graduates. This means we nurture our students by encouraging them to soak up knowledge and practical skills so they can go out into the world and perform well in their chosen profession. Kristian is a shining example of a UWE student who has grasped opportunities and demonstrated that he was able to apply what he had learned when it mattered most."

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