A British talk radio host Iain Lee was probably not expecting to become part of the news but that is exactly what happened when a man called into his show, Late Night Alternative, saying he had overdosed and wanted to die.
Lee, who says he also struggles with depression, kept the man known only as "Chris" on the phone, trying to figure our where he was to send help.
After a half an hour an ambulance was able to find the man and get him help. It was a very tense half-hour with the man going silent for long periods of time, and Lee not knowing if he was still conscious.
During the conversations, Lee said:
"Whatever happened, I promise you it can be sorted. I guarantee that whatever has happened, it can be sorted out. It might not be easy."
But even Lee was growing frustrated with how long it was taking the ambulance to find Chris.
"Where's this bloody ambulance? Jesus, come on."
You can hear the conversation below:
Presenter Iain Lee saved a man's life on air after he called to say he overdosed | SWNS TV www.youtube.com
After Chris received help, Lee took to Twitter to discuss the event.
People were glad Chris was able to reach out and Lee could help.
@iainlee Nice work, Iain. Anyone impressed by Iain’s good work should consider donating time or money (if they can,… https://t.co/qq7GX5emFw— Richard Morrison (@Richard Morrison)1545294979.0
I listened to this last night and @iainlee and @FlippinKath did an amazing job. It just shows we all have a role to… https://t.co/XKCdxGGiqD— Jen Beer (@Jen Beer)1545295690.0
Just read about the incident on @iainlee's show last night. He might have thought he was just doing the right thing… https://t.co/dTFevHphRn— Leroy (@Leroy)1545326286.0
Last night a DJ saved a life ❤️ https://t.co/128h0jORIg— Police Community (@Police Community)1545342839.0
Lee was touched by the outpouring and sent out a thank you message.
@iainlee So much love. Former psych RN here. You did really great, your whole show. Thank you to the responders and… https://t.co/9pkGHOdidJ— Abby (@Abby)1545340716.0
@iainlee think the whole country has mad love for you I personally salute you— The Cockney Diamond Geezer (@The Cockney Diamond Geezer)1545337278.0
@iainlee Speechless. Out of everyone Chris could have chosen, he chose you. Thank God he did. I hope he now gets th… https://t.co/6FNK7LWris— 🏴Anne Marie Brown🏴 (@🏴Anne Marie Brown🏴)1545338511.0
@iainlee Respect to you and @FlippinKath for helping that guy. Was a tough listen last night. Made me question myse… https://t.co/B3JDTfjiSr— Blue Mal (@Blue Mal)1545339605.0
@iainlee Really respect how far you & Kath went to help this needy soul. From a fellow MH battler, you are a credit… https://t.co/l29ebBGjt1— Scott W (@Scott W)1545345550.0
@iainlee Thank you for helping that man ❤️ Anyone feeling bad at the minute please use whatever you have left in yo… https://t.co/ETDD2RH2xo— Phoebe Buffay 🦄 (@Phoebe Buffay 🦄)1545342203.0
@iainlee I've just listened to the Chris call from last night. Bearing in mind you were having issues yourself, you… https://t.co/vBfkurW1LC— Evie (@Evie)1545341093.0
@iainlee The next time you ever doubt yourself or your worth, just remember what you did last night and how well yo… https://t.co/wGzwXBe9Z4— Sophie (@Sophie)1545342214.0
@iainlee Wonderful story 👍🇨🇦 https://t.co/6dP9T3v9aL— Richie 👀 🇨🇦 (@Richie 👀 🇨🇦)1545342386.0
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