Newcastle fan who collapsed after suffering cardiac arrest during Tottenham’s game is released from hospital: Alan Smith, 80, hopes to see the Toon again at St James’ Park in December.
The Newcastle fan who collapsed while watching the club’s Premier League game against Tottenham was released from the hospital on Tuesday.
Doctors in the crowd rushed to help the elderly fan, later named by the club as Alan Smith, 80, after he suffered cardiac arrest in St James’ Park on Sunday, October 17.
Tottenham players Eric Dier and Sergio Reguilon were praised for alerting referee Andre Marriner, who stopped play.
Doctors from the crowd rushed to help the fan, later named by the club as 80-year-old Alan Smith.
Tottenham players Eric Dier and Sergio Reguilon alerted referee Andre Marriner about the drama
The club said the fan “required four stents inserted to aid his recovery.”
In a statement, Newcastle added: ‘Alan’s son Paul said the medical staff have been amazing during his stay and his family wishes to thank each of them.
Alan will spend the next two to four weeks strengthening his home and hopes to be back at St. James’ Park in late November or early December.
“He is looking forward to seeing family and friends in the next few days and sends his thanks to all who have wished him well.”
The match was suspended due to Newcastle fans receiving urgent medical attention on October 17.
Doctor hero Tom Prichard receives a standing ovation from the St James’ Park crowd
Newcastle hobbyist and ER doctor Tom Pritchard and his friend Matty helped Mr. Smith recover by giving him CPR and defibrillator treatment on the East Stand.
Prichard, who works in the A&E department of a northeast hospital and also part-time at Middlesbrough Academy, appeared on BBC Breakfast Monday morning to describe his actions and how they unfolded.
“It all happened really fast, to be honest,” said Dr Prichard, who has been a season ticket holder at Newcastle for 14 years.
“ I was sitting at Gallowgate End and I could see something was going on with the fans. They were calling the butlers and first aid, and I could see a lady there doing CPR on someone.
‘As an ER doctor, I thought I’d better go and offer a hand if I can, and see what help I can give here. So I got up and went to help, really.