Medical rules are needed in marathons in the United KingdomBMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7193.1285 (Published 08 May 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1285
- Phillip Loyley (email@example.com), Father of Anna Loyley,
- Pauline Loyley, Mother of Anna Loyley
- Bath BA2 2EE
EDITOR—Dyer reports that two junior doctors, Andrew Murphy and Lesley McKee, went to the aid of a marathon runner who collapsed and died as she crossed the finishing line of a half marathon.1 Dyer reports Dr Murphy as saying that if he was faced with a similar emergency in future he would “just walk on by.” We understand his comments.
It should not have been necessary for a doctor who had just finished a gruelling half marathon to take part in a resuscitation attempt. Emergency medical assistance should remain the responsibility of race organisers and those hired to provide emergency …