Chris Le

Medicine students know the seriousness of the content they are learning. And that one day, what they learn will save lives.

For sixth-year student, Chris Le, the first life he had to save was his brother’s.

My Patient. My Brother.

26 March 2016 will forever be etched into the memory of both Chris and Ben Le.

15-year-old Ben was camping with friends. Chris was at home studying, having just commenced the final-year of his medicine degree.

Around midnight, Chris received a phone call. Ben was having a minor allergic reaction to something he’d eaten. With the boys’ parent’s interstate on holiday, Chris drove to the campsite, collected his brother and began the journey to a nearby hospital for a check-up.

Seconds into the car ride, disaster struck. Ben’s airways began to rapidly close, to the point where he couldn’t breathe. He reached for the car door handle, opened the door, and fell out. He’d suffered a cardiac arrest as a result of anaphylaxis.

Despite having never performed resuscitation techniques on a real patient, Chris began CPR on his brother - in the dark - whilst nearby campers gathered and phoned for an ambulance.

After one round of CPR there was no response. Then, on the second round, Ben’s pulse returned and he regained consciousness.

As though on cue, MedSTAR arrived and Ben was safely in the hands of paramedics who managed his critical, yet stable condition.

Chris had saved his brother’s life.

While what took place that night is dramatic and emotional, Chris’s response was considered and precise. He stuck to the process and techniques he’d practiced countless times before as part of his simulation training at university.

Simulation Training

While Ben credits his brother for saving his life that night. Chris credits the simulation training he received at the University of Adelaide.

The University of Adelaide’s simulation lab is regarded as the most high-tech healthcare teaching facility in Australia.

Equipped with 24 real-life simulation spaces, four critical care ward suites and four virtual home environments. Students are guided by leading practicing clinicians to gain hands-on experience in real world environments. Ensuring they develop the skills and confidence required to excel in their careers.

Chris exemplifies the reputation University of Adelaide graduates have within the health industry. Renowned for their knowledge, practical experience and skillset.

Ben agrees.

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Despite having never performed resuscitation techniques on a real patient, Chris began CPR on his brother - in the dark - whilst nearby campers gathered and phoned for an ambulance.

While Ben credits his brother for saving his life that night. Chris credits the simulation training he received at the University of Adelaide.

Chris exemplifies the reputation University of Adelaide graduates have within the health industry. Renowned for their knowledge, practical experience and skillset.

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