One of the best moments of a medical doctor’s life was hearing thousands of Gallowgate End fans screaming “hero” while performing CPR on a stricken Newcastle United fan.
The play against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday was halted for around 20 minutes in the first half after it was discovered that there was a medical emergency in the stands. One of the persons who helped save the elderly Newcastle fan’s life was Tom Prichard, an A&E consultant at the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton. He took over administering CPR on the unidentified individual who had collapsed.
Prichard told the BBC that he could see fans calling for stewards and first aiders so he went over to help. “It’s something you see at work fairly often but I haven’t really had it outside the hospital before,” he said.
Others had started the CPR before Prichard, who added: “We gave the guy a shock through the defibrillator and he was quite fortunate this guy because very quickly an intensive care doctor arrived, a cardiologist arrived and we were able to bring him back again.”
Prichard said he had no idea the game had been stopped. When it was over he was given a standing ovation by fans with footage widely shared on social media. “I do want to say, this wasn’t just me,” he said. “I had another doctor friend helping me out. St John’s [Ambulance] were brilliant, the Newcastle club doctor was there helping, so it really wasn’t just me. But what I will say is when I was walking back to my seat and 10,000 fans were chanting ‘hero’ at me, that was one of the best moments of my life.”
source : Guardian sport