NZ First MP and former television weatherman Brendan Horan has helped saved the life of an Indonesian politician during a United Nations conference in Japan.
Speaking from Tokyo, Horan, who is a former professional lifeguard and coach, said he recognised the signs of a heart attack from across the room when Indonesian MP Atte Sugandi collapsed during the Asia symposium on population yesterday.
Sugandi, who is believed to be in his 60s, remains in a critical condition in a coma in hospital in the Japanese capital.
"I zapped across and cleared his airway. His heart stopped so I started CPR."
With help from an MP from Mongolia, Zangad Bayanselenge, Horan kept up CPR for about 15 minutes until paramedics arrived.
"They got him to hospital, he hasn't regained consciousness. His wife was there and so it was a terrible thing for her. My prayers are with his family and just hope he pulls through but at this stage it's way too early to tell.
"But I'm glad I was there to apply what I could."
Brendan Horan deserves credit for acting swiftly. He may or may not have saved the life of Mr Sugandi, but he has certainly given the Indonesian MP a fighting chance.
Those who have trained as paramedics, lifeguards etc act on instinct in an emergency situation; it's what they train for. Were we ever in the situation that Mr Sugandi was yesterday, we would hope that someone with the skills of Brendan Horan was on hand.