Quick action of stewards gives Baggies fan, the best possible chance of celebrating

Campaigns - Chain of Survival

Monday 18th May 2015 – 11.20pm – Murray MacGregor.

A football fan who had just seen his side win 3-0 has the quick actions of stewards and ambulance staff for giving him the chance to celebrate the win.

The middle aged West Bromwich Albion fan had just seen his side beat Premiership Champions Chelsea at home when he suffered a cardiac arrest in the Upper East Stand.

Thankfully for him, the staff at the Hawthorns were with him within seconds of his collapse at around 9.25pm, with staff from West Midlands Ambulance Service just minutes later.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The stewards started cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) which was then backed up by the advanced life support from the ambulance crew.

“The man was shocked no fewer than seven times, before being taken on blue lights to Sandwell Hospital. He arrived just 20 minutes after his collapse and was conscious and breathing for himself.

“There is no doubt that the quick actions of stewards and ambulance staff has given the fan the best possible chance of survival.

“Whilst it is very early days, the fact that he had early CPR and early defibrillation will have increased his chances of surviving considerably.

“This is one of the reasons we recommend everyone to learn basic life support skills – you never know when they might be needed.”



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