Off-duty GP saved fan’s life as Hillsborough disaster ‘chaos’ unfolded

The Hillsborough disaster unfolds
The Hillsborough disaster unfolds
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A retired doctor said he saved a fellow supporter’s life on the pitch as the Hillsborough disaster unfolded.

Dr Glyn Phillips was giving evidence at the new inquests into the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans who died after being crushed on the Leppings Lane terrace at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough Stadium during the 1989 FA Cup semi-final.

The former GP said he was off-duty and had been in the Leppings Lane end, but managed to climb out within a few minutes of the match being stopped.

He said he came across the body of a young man, called Gary Currie, who ‘looked effectively dead’ and tried to resuscitate him.

He said he asked police officers for a defibrillator and oxygen, but there was no defibrillator available and the oxygen cylinder given to him was empty.

He continued working on Mr Currie for about 15 minutes before a pulse returned.

Dr Phillips, who found out a year later Mr Currie had survived, said the situation had been ‘absolutely chaotic’.

He told the inquests he was not told casualties were being taken to the stadium gym and said Mr Currie would have ‘probably died’ if he had been carried there.

He said: “I saw brave fans trying to save lives, hopelessly. I saw brave lads make makeshift stretchers to carry the dead. I saw police desperately trying to save lives.

“I also saw some police standing idly, not knowing what was happening.”

The inquests continue.