A courier is to receive a top award for saving a heart attack sufferer using CPR she learnt from the TV.
Delivery driver Samantha Roberts was running late when she spotted 52-year-old Michael Brown collapsed in the street.
The mum-of-one said she knew exactly what to do and used skills she had picked up from watching Holby City and 24 Hours in A&E to save Michael’s life.
She managed to restart his heart several times in the anxious wait for paramedics and is now being honoured by the Royal Humane Society.
Samantha, 44, of Sittingbourne, Kent, said: “I just went into autopilot. I watch a lot of hospital programmes so I thought, right I know what to do.
“Two other people helped with the CPR. Seeing Michael lifeless on the floor was the scariest moment of my life.
“I hadn’t long started my job and I wouldn’t have been there if I hadn’t of got held up in traffic so it was very lucky I was running late.
“I love watching Casualty and Holby city but I mainly watch the real life hospital series. I like watching operations and love all the gore.”
The grandma-of-one, who works for delivery firm Yodel, says the Resuscitation Certificate is rarely given out as the victim has to survive as a result of the CPR administered.
She added: “I’m 44 and I now feel like I’ve accomplished something with my life. I believe that is the reason I was put on this earth.
“It was very scary and it’s the first five minutes that decides whether he lives or dies.
“It feels incredibly surreal and I didn’t break down until Michael came to see me. Seeing him alive was overwhelming.
“I’ve been told the award will be handed out over the next few months. But for me, my award is Michael is alive.”
Michael, who was having a cigarette at the time of his collapse last May, says he owes his life to Samantha’s quick thinking.
A fellow delivery driver, he woke up four days later after a double heart bypass.
He said: “I died. There’s no question of that.
“Samantha kept me alive in the precious minutes before professional help arrived.”
Michael, from Maidstone, Kent, added: “I owe my life to her. No words can properly express my thanks. I was just lucky she was the right person in the right place at the right time.
“If she had not been there I’m sure I probably wouldn’t be alive today.”