Pharmacist saves woman's life after she has allergic reaction to sunflower seed biscuits

Quick-thinking Irfan Motala

Quick-thinking Irfan Motala

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , education reporter

A PHARMACIST has been praised for his quick actions in treating a woman who collapsed after she suffered an extreme reaction to sunflower seeds.

Irfan Motala, who lives in Ladybridge, was at the chemist shop he owns in Leicester when the 21-year-old suffered an anaphylactic reaction.

She was collecting a prescription from the pharmacy when she collapsed.

The 39-year-old father-of-four leapt into action and gave the woman — who had accidentally eaten biscuits containing sunflower seeds — an adrenalin shot.

Mr Motala said: “As soon as her husband mentioned she was allergic to sunflower seeds, and because of the prescription she had, I knew she had an anaphylactic reaction.

“I used the Epipen and an ambulance was called. As we are in a health centre a doctor came to see and I gave her another injection.”

He added: “She was taken to hospital and after a few days she came into to see me and said thank you.

“I go on regular courses and have received training in this.”

Mr Motala, who also owns pharmacies in Derby and Rochdale, said he had not experienced someone suffering an anaphylactic shock before.

He added: “They are quite rare and it is important we raise awareness of it, by doing that we can save lives.

“It was quite shocking. Nothing like this has happened to me before and am just glad I was able to help.

“Epipens are only available by prescription but in a situation like this, an emergency, anyone can use them.”

Neal Patel, spokesman for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, said: “Irfan has shown fantastic presence of mind to take life saving actions to help this patient when she needed it most.

“Pharmacists are always on hand to help the public with health advice and medicines. Irfan has shown what a great combination of skills pharmacists have and how they can deploy these to help people in emergency situations.

“I take my hat off to him, he’s a real local hero.”

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12:35pm Thu 29 May 14

lv8151 says...

good on you sir
good on you sir lv8151
  • Score: 44

6:22pm Thu 29 May 14

DP1963 says...

Brilliant! Well done Irfan - what a fantastic story and thank goodness people like you are around.
Brilliant! Well done Irfan - what a fantastic story and thank goodness people like you are around. DP1963
  • Score: 29

8:32pm Thu 29 May 14

Harold 1 says...

Well done ..people underestimate how useful Pharmacists are.They undergo rigorous training and the A level requirements are stringent.
Well done ..people underestimate how useful Pharmacists are.They undergo rigorous training and the A level requirements are stringent. Harold 1
  • Score: 22

7:53am Fri 30 May 14

Chrome1 says...

Lose some weight buddy; otherwise someone will be leaping over the counter to save you after a heart attack.
Lose some weight buddy; otherwise someone will be leaping over the counter to save you after a heart attack. Chrome1
  • Score: -27

10:50am Fri 30 May 14

Gore Seer says...

Id Have A Bad Session After Them There Bicks.
Id Have A Bad Session After Them There Bicks. Gore Seer
  • Score: -12

12:07pm Fri 30 May 14

johnnyjackson says...

Chrome1 wrote:
Lose some weight buddy; otherwise someone will be leaping over the counter to save you after a heart attack.
Good to see a white man saving a life. White smackhead
[quote][p][bold]Chrome1[/bold] wrote: Lose some weight buddy; otherwise someone will be leaping over the counter to save you after a heart attack.[/p][/quote]Good to see a white man saving a life. White smackhead johnnyjackson
  • Score: 2

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