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Northwick Park midwife helps save colleague’s life

Quick thinking student midwife Sade Oluwaleimu helped save a hospital cleaner’s life after they complained of chest pains at work.


It was the second time the 29 year-old came to the rescue of a passer-by after earlier helping a passenger with breathing difficulties during a flight to America.


Sade, who works in Northwick Park Hospital’s maternity department, was called to help one of the ward’s domestic workers who she found clutching her chest.


Sade, who spent more than a year working in A&E before deciding to retrain as a midwife, took her vital signs and blood pressure which was less than half it should have been  – a sign that the heart could stop.


“I could have called the resuscitation team but figured it would be just as quick to get her to A&E myself so put her in a wheelchair and flew down the corridor.


“She lost consciousness just as we got there but the team managed to resuscitate her. The doctor said if I had got there five minutes later she could have died.


“I went to see her on the Jenner ward the next day and we both burst into tears. I’m just glad I was there to help. The training just kicked in


Sade is following in her grandmother’s footsteps and says working in maternity is probably the happiest place in the hospital.


“My brother was born in Northwick Park and coming to visit him really made an impression on me and was one of the reasons I decided to train as a midwife.”