Phillip Schofield reveals he saved his dad's life by performing CPR
Phillip Schofield has told the story of how he brought his dad back to life from a heart attack by performing CPR.
The This Morning host was presenting a segment on CPR following footballer Christian Eriksen receiving life-saving treatment on the pitch at Euro 2020 over the weekend.
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He shared his own very personal experience of CPR with viewers and said he had enjoyed 20 extra years with his dad after managing to save him.
As Dr Ellie demonstrated how to do CPR on a dummy, Schofield said: "I brought my dad back doing that and we got 20 extra years with him because of that, so you just never know.
"If I hadn’t been in that night, then you know, that would have been it."
Schofield, 59, lost his father in 2008 but said he appreciated the extra years they had enjoyed together as a family thanks to his speedy actions as a 22-year-old.
Everyone can learn #CPRSavesLives
Find out how to do it properly from @stjohnambulance #ChristianErikson pic.twitter.com/oOAnPqJqhv
— Dr Ellie 😷🧼 🤲🏼 (@Dr_Ellie) June 14, 2021
The TV star has spoken about the incident before – in 2018, he shared: "I've done it myself, brought my dad back. He had a heart attack and died in front of us on the carpet.
"I hadn't trained at all, but just what I'd seen on the telly, and it worked."
Eriksen collapsed during the Denmark vs Finland match of the group stages at the Euros over the weekend, and doctors later confirmed that he had been "gone" for a short period but was brought back by life-saving CPR performed on the pitch.
The This Morning team also had happy news to celebrate on Monday as Dr Zoe Williams has announced the birth of her first child.
She hasn't yet said whether she welcomed a girl or a boy, but as they offered their congratulations presenter Holly Willoughby reminded viewers she had predicted that Dr Zoe's baby would be a boy, while Schofield told her: "And you're never wrong!"
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