Good Samaritan saves football fan with subway CPR
The Eagles loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 13 wasn’t one of the team’s more memorable games. But for 67-year-old Richard Gladstone of Liverpool, England, it’s one Thursday night he’ll probably never forget.
According to the Associated Press, Gladstone has been touring the country on a quest to visit each of the NFL stadiums. With just six left to visit, and the Linc checked off his list, Gladstone boarded the Broad Street Line to return to his hotel.
Whether it was the excitement of the day or the 34 – 13 loss to the Bengals, we may never know, but Gladstone suffered a severe heart attack on the subway.
Surveillance video shows an unidentified woman performing CPR on Gladstone, before medics boarded the train.
Gladstone has been hospitalized here in Philadelphia ever since while undergoing quadruple bypass surgery. He and his family will be returning to England soon, and want to thank the woman who saved his life.
ABC6 reports that the good Samaritan, is 49-year-old Edith Haage, a physical therapist from Hatboro who was at her first Eagles game that day. She was on her way home when she heard someone ask, if anyone knew CPR.
She reacted quickly, and within minutes had Gladstone breathing again. He and his doctors credit those first few minutes of CPR to saving his life.
Gladstone’s family wanted to thank the medics and doctors as well. While Haage hopes that this tale will inspire others to learn CPR and possibly save someone else’s life.
WHYY is your source for fact-based, in-depth journalism and information. As a nonprofit organization, we rely on financial support from readers like you. Please give today.