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‘Medical emergency involving a fan’ delays the start of West Brom’s clash against Bristol City

‘Medical emergency involving a fan’ delays the start of West Brom’s clash against Bristol City at The Hawthorns by 15 minutes … before the second half was also delayed due to ANOTHER supporter falling ill at halftime

  • The injured supporter was quickly treated by The Hawthorns medical staff.
  • Fans inside the ground claimed on social media that they were ‘smiling and clapping’
  • West Brom revealed that the start of the match against Bristol City would be temporarily delayed
  • The incident occurred just days after a Newcastle fan suffered cardiac arrest.

West Brom’s championship game against Bristol City on Saturday saw two fans suffer medical emergencies before the game and during halftime.

The troubling development was confirmed by the club in a social media post prior to the start of the game, and comes in light of the incident in which a fan suffered cardiac arrest in Newcastle last weekend.

“Due to a medical emergency involving a fan inside the stadium, the start was delayed 15 minutes,” West Brom’s tweet read. ‘Our thoughts and prayers are with the follower. We are all with you. ‘

A medical team was required to assist the first injured supporter, who was then placed on a stretcher, images from inside The Hawthorns revealed.

The start was briefly delayed in West Brom after a 'medical emergency' involving a supporter

The start was briefly delayed in West Brom after a ‘medical emergency’ involving a supporter

The City of Bristol has also shared its support, saying: “The thoughts of the City of Bristol are with those affected.”

Fortunately, there were positive signs when the fan was taken away, with fans claiming that they were seen ‘smiling and clapping’ while being ‘chanted’ to them.

The match finally started at 3:15 pm, and Jordan Hugill scored shortly after to give West Brom a dream start.

The game started at 3.15pm and Jordan Hugill (right) scored in the seventh minute.

The game started at 3.15pm and Jordan Hugill (right) scored in the seventh minute.

The game started at 3.15pm and Jordan Hugill (right) scored in the seventh minute.

But then there was also a small delay before the start of the second half, when a fan abroad also needed urgent medical attention.

West Brom tweeted: ‘The start of the second half has been delayed due to another medical emergency, this time in the visitors section. Our thoughts and best wishes are with the follower. ‘ Bristol City also made a similar tweet.

Less than a week ago, an elderly Newcastle fan collapsed during their Premier League match against Tottenham and was revived with a defibrillator.

His identity was revealed as Alan George Smith, 80, and his family said he is now ‘fully alert’ and ‘walking’.

The match was temporarily suspended for the first half after the players and referees learned of the incident.

Smith’s family praised their friend, Don Williamson, who was at St James’ Park with him and alerted other fans, along with those on the field.

The incident comes days after 80-year-old Alan George Smith (above) went into cardiac arrest.

The incident comes days after 80-year-old Alan George Smith (above) went into cardiac arrest.

The incident comes days after 80-year-old Alan George Smith (above) went into cardiac arrest.

Newcastle's game against Tottenham was called off while doctors saved Mr Smith's life

Newcastle's game against Tottenham was called off while doctors saved Mr Smith's life

Newcastle’s game against Tottenham was called off while doctors saved Mr Smith’s life

Tottenham’s Sergio Reguilon and Eric Dier were also crucial in the life-saving operation, with the former asking the referee to stop.

Medical personnel carried a defibrillator across the field to the East Stand, and then Mr. Smith was administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation before being transported to the hospital.

“We are pleased to report that Alan is making great progress, he is now fully alert and up and walking,” Smith’s son Paul said via Newcastle’s official website.

A man shook Prichard's hand and then celebrated after discovering that the man had been saved.

A man shook Prichard's hand and then celebrated after discovering that the man had been saved.

Newcastle fan and ER doctor Tom Pritchard (right) and his friend Matty helped Mr. Smith recover by giving him CPR and defibrillator treatment on the East Stand.

“He will remain in the hospital for the next few days while more tests are done.”

‘I don’t know how to do CPR, but I think I did the right thing,’ Reguilon said. Sportsmail. ‘Dier was amazing and it was the right action to stop the game.

“In the locker room, all I could think about was the man.”

CARDIAC ARREST – WHAT TO DO

Cardiac arrest is when a person’s heart suddenly stops pumping blood throughout the body.

It causes the brain to run out of oxygen and the person will suddenly collapse and become unconscious, will not respond and will not be able to breathe or breathe normally; panting noises may be made.

Without immediate treatment, the person will die. If you are with someone who is in cardiac arrest, call 999, start CPR, and use a defibrillator if one is nearby. Follow the 999 operator’s instructions until emergency services take over.

Starting CPR right away is vital, as it keeps blood and oxygen circulating through the brain and throughout the body. Then a defibrillator will deliver a controlled electrical shock to try to get your heart to beat normally again.

For more information, visit the British Heart Foundation website.

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