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Heart-attack jogger: Dustin Hoffman 'saved my life'

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Actor Dustin Hoffman arrives at the premiere of HBO's "Luck," at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California January 25, 2012.

LONDON -- A jogger who suffered a heart attack while running in a British park has credited actor Dustin Hoffman with helping save his life, according to a report.

Sam Dempster, 27, was running in London's central Hyde Park when he collapsed, according to The Sun newspaper. Hoffman, who was walking nearby, dialed the emergency services and tended to him until medics arrived.


"I want to say 'Thank you' to Dustin Hoffman. He saved my life," Dempster told the paper.

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Medics used CPR and electric shocks to restart his heart, and Dempster also thanked them and the hospital staff who treated him.

'Great job guys'
He said he could not remember what happened, but was told of the actor’s involvement by the medics, Martin Macarthur and Luke Sullivan, The Sun reported. 

"Dustin was fascinated. He seemed impressed we'd got this guy back so quickly," Macarthur told The Sun. "When we were carrying the patient into the ambulance he walked up and said 'Great job guys'. He really appreciated what had happened."

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The paper said the medics took Hoffman's iPod and sunglasses away with them, thinking they belonged to Dempster, but they were later returned to the star, who has a house in London.

The Sun said it was thought Dempster would recover fully.

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