Dr Tom Prichard, who works in A&E, dashed towards the stricken “elderly gentleman” who had gone into cardiac arrest at St James’ Park midway through the Premier League tie. He was strewn lifeless across seats at Newcastle United’s stadium in desperate need for help.
Dr Prichard, who was sitting nearby, and other medics used a defibrillator to deliver a shock to resuscitate the supporter after the game had been temporarily suspended.
Speaking on BBC Breakfast today, Dr Prichard said: “It wasn’t just me, a friend was helping out, another doctor, and the other two doctors there. St John’s were brilliant. The club doctor came over as well to lend a hand, it really wasn’t just me.
“But I would say when I was walking back to my seat and 10,000 fans in the Gallowgate were chanting ‘hero’ at me, that is one of the best moments of my life.”
Spurs players initially alerted the referee to the man’s distress, reports Teesside Live, and play was stopped.
But Dr Prichard and his team stabilised the man pitchside and he was taken to hospital, said a statement from Newcastle United.
The supporter was applauded by fellow fans as he left the ground on a stretcher.
Twitter users and football fans from all clubs quickly sent their thanks to the doctor, a medic at North Tees Hospital in Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham.
“I was one of those who saw this hero at work today and joined in the chants of hero. What a man. Some of the crowd near me thought he was a boxer Absolute respect and love for this man!” said one.
“It takes a special kind of human being to stand up and fight for a strangers life. The man is – and by all accounts was before this incident – a true hero.”
“That man should never need to buy a pint in Newcastle again. That’s a real hero,” said another.
Dr Prichard also works part-time with Middlesborough’s Academy.
The club issued a statement about the incident which said: “Dr Prichard, who works part-time with Boro’s Academy as well as at North Tees Hospital, was among the spectators for the afternoon – but quickly stepped in among a number of medical staff at the scene, Newcastle’s own club doctor arriving to assist with the aid of a defibrillator.
“Newcastle released a statement after the game resumed revealing the supporter had been successfully stabilised inside St James’ before being transported to hospital.
“Further reports have told how the supporters is awake and responsive, with the treatment they received inside the stadium having helped to save their life.”
Tottenham were 3-2 winners in the game, which was Steve Bruce’s 1,000th match as a manager.
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