'I brought him back to life': Phillip Schofield chokes back tears on live TV as he recalls using CPR on his dad after heart attack
16:03 GMT, 25 September 2012
Phillip Schofield fought back tears on This Morning after revealing he was forced to use CPR to save his dad after he had a heart attack.
The 50-year-old presenter was filming a segment about first aid advice on the ITV1 show on Tuesday morning.
However, as he and co-presenter Holly Willoughby watched Dr Jonty demonstrate how to use CPR properly, Phil blurted out: 'I did this on my dad'.
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Emotional: Phillip Schofield fights back tears after he reveals he saved his dad's life after he had a heart attack
After a shocked Holly asked, 'Did you' – the much-loved presenter began getting more emotional.
He replied: 'Yes, he had a heart attack and I brought him back to life again. I gave him another 20 years by getting that right.'
Phillip was just 22-years-old when is dad, then 49, suffered a massive heart attack.
The fledgling presenter was based in New Zealand with his family at the time when the terrifying incident happened.
He told The Mirror in April: 'It was one of those rare nights I was at home. I was always out. New mates, girlfriend, premieres. Dad went into the kitchen and got a glass of water.
Terrifying: The presenter was just 22-years-old when the incident happened
'He sat down, put the glass down and went bang. Just like that. Dropped ‘dead’ in his chair. At 49. I laid him on the floor and everything went into tunnel vision.'
Schofield started instinctively doing CPR after watching someone do it on TV, adding: 'From somewhere, it had to be watching TV I suppose, I’d learned the basics of CPR, so I started doing mouth-to-mouth.
'I was completely calm. If anyone had said, “How would you react” I’d have said, “I’d unravel.” But I was completely centred. I thought, “You’ve got three minutes to do this.” a limited amount of time.
Frightening: Phillip was just 22 when his dad had a heart attack but he managed to help save his life
'I put my hand on his chest and started really thumping. Thumping, then breathing, then thumping a bit more. And then he just made this noise. And I could sense that he’d come back.'
'I kept him alive until the ambulance men arrived. The guy took his
pulse and said, “You’re not doing it right… but don’t stop because it
seems to be working.” They did their paddle things and zapped him and he woke up and said, “I’m fine.”'
His dad sadly passed away in 2008.
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