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Paediatric consultants administer lifesaving support in the midst of cycling from London to Brighton

10th October 2019

When deciding to take on the challenge of cycling 55 miles from London to Brighton, no one anticipates that they would also play a key role in saving a man’s life as part of this journey but this is exactly what happened for 3 of our paediatric consultants.

On Sunday 15 September, as part of an amazing team of ten, Dr Morwenna Hodin, Dr Emma Sage and Dr Sophie Vaughan cycled from London to Brighton in order to raise money for specialist equipment in Paediatric Services. When they reached mile eight, these three consultants arrived to find a cyclist that had collapsed in cardiac arrest. Their medical instincts quickly came into play as they helped to administer CPR, mouth to mouth and two shocks in collaboration with the London Ambulance Service to stabilise Ajit Chudasama before he was transferred to St George’s Cardiac Unit and they continued the challenging ride to Brighton.

Ajit had been happily cycling 50-60 miles in training for taking on the London to Brighton ride for Cancer Research UK in memory of his mum. He said: “I remember cycling from Clapham to Balham but nothing after that. I collapsed on Park Hill in Carshalton. The next thing I remember was waking up in St George’s ICU.

“The three consultants who stopped to help came back to St George’s to see me after they’d finished the ride and then again once I’d woken up. Without them I don’t think I’d be here now – I’m very lucky.

“It restores your faith in human nature when people stop to help a complete stranger. If my health allows, I hope to do it again next year to raise money for St George’s Hospital Charity.”

Dr Hodin, Dr Sage and Dr Vaughan, said: “It was a real team effort between us, London Ambulance Service, HEMS, the police and everyone else in the community who stopped to help.

“We don’t usually get to witness pre-hospital care, so it was fantastic to see first-hand the incredible job teams do on the ground before patients arrive at St George’s. We’re delighted to see Ajit recovering well and receiving the treatment he needs from our specialist teams.”

We know how incredible the staff at St George’s are and events like this show how much they truly go above and beyond to give great care to anyone in need.

Please visit the Paediatric Services cycling team’s fundraising page to support their amazing fundraising efforts to raise money to buy important equipment to support children with breathing difficulties here.

If you are interested in cycling from London to Brighton or getting involved in any other fundraising events, please get in touch with by emailing giving@stgeorges.nhs.uk or calling 0208 725 4522.

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