Hoffman the hero

Marathon Man star saves jogger's life

by Jennie Kermode

Dustin Hoffman is being hailed as a hero today after saving the life of a London jogger who suffered a cardiac arrest. The 74 year old star was out for a stroll in Hyde Park when he saw 27 year old Sam Dempster slump to the ground. Rushing to the man's aid, he called the emergency services and stayed to provide support until they were ready to take Mr Dempster to hospital.

Dempster, a lawyer who suffers from the same heart condition as footballer Fabrice Muamba, had his heart successfully restarted by paramedics before being taken to hospital for a life saving operation. He is now up and about again. Although he has no memory of the incident, he has expressed his gratitude to the star, without whose prompt action he would certainly have died.

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