On November 27th, Taiwanese Canadian actor Godfrey Gao (高以翔) tragically passed away after collapsing mid-filming for the Chinese reality TV series Chase Me <追我吧>. Reports said Godfrey died from sudden cardiac arrest, a result from consistently doing strenuous activity for 17 hours straight. He was 35 years old.
Following Godfrey’s hospitalization and subsequent death, Chase Me underwent extreme public scrutiny and criticism in regard to its safety precautions, prompting Zhejiang TV to cancel the series. Though the producers clarified that medical personnel were on stand-by, a new shared video showed that there was a delayed emergency response from the moment Godfrey collapsed to the moment he was received by emergency medical technicians.
As seen in the video, Godfrey’s cast mates and Chase Me staff were the first to respond after he collapsed. A staff member wearing a yellow jacket was giving Godfrey CPR, while actor Johnny Huang (黃景瑜) was kneeling beside him. William Chan (陳偉霆) was watching closely, while a terrified Wu Xuanyi (吳宣儀) was hovering nearby. Neither the emergency medical technicians nor the ambulance were at the scene during this time.
The first four minutes are critical for individuals suffering from sudden cardiac arrest. Chest compressions should be provided within seconds, followed by defibrillation. If the individual does not receive a defibrillator shock within the first four minutes, it becomes much harder to get the heart restarted to a normal rhythm.
The release of the video has angered netizens and fans further, criticizing Chase Me for its poor emergency response. They also criticized the quality of CPR provided to Godfrey, as providing good CPR that is able to re-establish the heart’s rhythm can increase the individual’s survival rate.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.