RDNS nurse saves leading scientist’s life

RDNS nurse saves leading scientist’s life

An RDNS nurse helped keep a renowned South Australian scientist alive after he suffered a massive heart attack in the street.

Registered Nurse Daniel Rowe, based at RDNS’s Keswick office, turned lifesaver as the dramatic events unfolded on Australia Day outside Marryatville High School in Adelaide’s eastern suburbs.

Daniel, who has extensive experience in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, saw the commotion on the footpath and initially thought the man had tripped over and needed first aid.

The patient was Richard Hillis, a Professor of Geology and South Australia’s Scientist of the Year 2018. 

Jade Lewis, an Australian Army employee with CPR training, also noticed Richard’s life was in danger and stopped to assist Daniel.

The pair rolled Richard over and started CPR, while waiting for the ambulance to arrive. They worked on Richard for seven minutes to help save his life.

“It was such a relief to see Richard brought back to life,” said Daniel. “Knowing I saved a husband, father and friend really put the situation into perspective for me. I feel very proud and it’s an amazing experience knowing he can still be there for his family.”

Richard regarded himself as a fit 54-year-old. However, he was unfortunately the victim of four massively clogged arteries. His recovery continues.

3 April 2019

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Hannah Campbell | Communications Officer
T 08 6318 7633 | E Hannah.Campbell@silverchain.org.au


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