Lucky to be alive
A family man, who suffered a cardiac arrest during a friendly kick-about with friends, may not have been alive today if it weren’t for the quick thinking of his teammates.
42-year-old Tair Bashir collapsed whilst playing football in Sheffield despite never having any heart issues prior to the incident.
His ‘on-the-ball’ team mates, three of whom were local General Practitioners, immediately began CPR on the field of play whilst an ambulance was called to Sheffield’s Lucozade Power League premises.
For more than 20 agonizing minutes doctors Amir Afzal, of Duke Street Medical Centre, and Mehrban Ghani, of White Rose Medical Practice, heroically performed CPR non-stop on their friend whilst fellow GP, Ashrif Akram, held the head of Mr Bashir.
When paramedics finally arrived, the doctors continued to assist with the wellbeing of Mr Bashir, and finally, after IV drugs and a couple of shocks with the defibrillator, Mr Bashir’s heart began beating once more.
He was then taken to Northern General Hospital A&E where it was diagnosed that he had suffered a heart attack and subsequently underwent an emergency coronary angiogram and a stent was inserted.
Now, the Rotherham man, is sat recovering in the Chesterman Ward of the hospital. Mr Bashir has paid tribute to his friends who ‘did not give up’ on him, and recalled the moment he woke up in hospital.
He said: “I just remember it being Friday evening playing football with my friends as usual. I was running around and then started feeling unwell so went for a sit down and to get a sip of water, and that is really my last recollection.
“The next thing I remember was waking up here and seeing my wife, mother and father, I thought this is serious, something is definitely not right.
“In our religion we believe everything that happens is from God and that everything is meant to be, but from a personal perspective I owe these people here my life.
“If these guys hadn’t exerted the efforts that they did, if they had decided to quit five minutes sooner, I don’t know what would have happened and I may not be here now.”
The three doctors began CPR on their friend within 30 seconds of him collapsing, whilst a fellow medical professional from the adjoining pitch (named Kia) arrived to offer his help as well.
It was a team effort which ultimately saved Mr Bashir’s life and a ‘never give up’ attitude according to the teammates.
“We are obviously trained for situations which involve CPR so we were quite fortunate to have basically four doctors on the scene as soon as Tair’s head dropped,” Dr Afzal said.
“Mehrban and I took it in turns to perform CPR as it is quite exhausting to be honest. “It involves 60 strong presses a minute, and we knew we were doing it right because we managed to crack a couple of ribs which shows they were effective compressions. It seemed like an age before the paramedics arrived but we just never stopped.
“Everybody deserves credit for playing their crucial part. Samir (Afzal) guided the ambulance in and sprinted with the medical bag which saved a vital 30 seconds whilst the fact that nobody crowded over us helped tremendously.”
Dr Ghani and Dr Afzal now want to ensure incidents like this do not happen again by ensuring people are up to date with medical practices and visit their GPs, and crucially follow their advice, on a regular basis.
“CPR classes are so readily available now that everybody has access to learn these skills,” Dr Mehbran said.
“If you find yourself in a situation doing CPR, please remember, when you are doing the compressions just don’t give up. No matter how long it takes for the ambulance to arrive or a defibrillator, just keep