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Tottenham defender Sergio Reguilon opens up about Newcastle fan’s cardiac arrest

Sergio Reguilon is eager to know if there have been any medical bulletins leaking south of Tyneside. ‘How is he?’ He wants to know. Are you still in the hospital? I hope you feel good and come home soon.

‘We want to invite him to a game. Maybe the game against Newcastle at home in April. If it’s okay and if you want to come, that would be perfect. ”

It would be a happy sequel to the harrowing scenes of the medical emergency that unfolded at the end of the first half of Tottenham’s victory at St James’ Park on Sunday, when Alan George Smith, an 80-year-old Newcastle supporter, collapsed with a heart attack. arrest.

“I don’t know why I looked into the stands at that moment,” Reguilon recalls, speaking in his quick English. ‘Maybe I heard people yelling’ stop, stop ‘, but I looked up and saw a man lying down and another pumping his chest with the heart massage.

Sergio Reguilon has opened on the ordeal of St James when a fan fell ill

Sergio Reguilon has opened on the ordeal of St James when a fan fell ill

‘I looked at the man’s face and could see that it was not good. I thought, “This guy is dying” and was shocked and nervous. I quickly went to the referee to say, “Please stop the game, the man is dying and we need medical help, hurry up.”

“I have only been here a year from Spain and there are many technical words that I do not know, such as defibrillator, so I spoke with Eric Dier to tell him that the doctors should bring a defibrillator.”

The quick thinking of everyone involved saved the man’s life. Nearby fans raised the alarm and off-duty medics in the crowd rushed to help, including a junior physician named Tom Prichard who took over the life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation until St John Ambulance workers and the doctor at the Newcastle club arrived at the scene.

“These guys are the heroes,” says Reguilon. ‘It was thanks to the incredible reaction from the fans and the people in the crowd and the doctors who were there to watch the game and rushed to help at the time, that they saved the man’s life. We have to start teaching these skills in schools so that everyone has them.

Reguilon recognized that something was wrong and alerted the referee

Reguilon recognized that something was wrong and alerted the referee

Reguilon recognized that something was wrong and alerted the referee

Newcastle have revealed the identity of the fan who collapsed during their recent game with Tottenham as Alan George Smith (above), 80, who is now 'fully alert' and 'walking'

Newcastle have revealed the identity of the fan who collapsed during their recent game with Tottenham as Alan George Smith (above), 80, who is now 'fully alert' and 'walking'

Newcastle have revealed the identity of the fan who collapsed during their recent game with Tottenham as Alan George Smith (above), 80, who is now ‘fully alert’ and ‘walking’

The match was suspended for a short time as Mr. Smith was receiving urgent medical attention.

The match was suspended for a short time as Mr. Smith was receiving urgent medical attention.

The match was suspended for a short time as Mr. Smith was receiving urgent medical attention.

‘I don’t know how to do CPR, but I think I did the right thing. Eric Dier was amazing and it was the right action to stop the game by the referee. In the locker room, she could only think of the man.

‘I didn’t know him, it was different from the situation with Christian Eriksen because we knew him personally, but I was sad for him.

They came to tell us that I was fine and my mind relaxed a bit. My teammates said, “Come on Regy, focus on the game, the man is stable, he will be fine.” But I still had the image in my mind, the guy lying down and I thought he was dead. I couldn’t forget. It was one of the worst experiences of my life. ‘

Smith’s son Paul said Wednesday that his father was recovering, that he was “fully alert” and “walking”, and that he was looking forward to seeing his beloved Newcastle again in the near future.

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.

“Everyone is fine, that’s the positive,” says Reguilon, who regained his composure to produce one of his best displays of the season when the Spurs closed out a 3-2 win and moved up to fifth in the Premier League.

Despite losing at Vitesse Arnhem in what was effectively their second series, the Spurs have stabilized with back-to-back top flight wins after three losses and are adjusting to a better pace with Nuno Espirito Santo on the short trip to the West. Ham. on Sunday.

“The manager wants his team to be strong and compact with fast transitions,” says Reguilon.

If you look at his Wolf team, it was similar. They played with five behind but it was a competitive team, with great technical quality and a strong defensive line. For me, the only way to play is to win games. Our fans want to see beautiful football and not only fight back, but football can be many things and we are in a moment where we are building something and we are doing it well.

“We are in the top five and we are going step by step because it is a long season.”

Left-back Reguilon feels he is maturing as a player and enjoying his second season in the Premier League after overcoming some of the unforeseen challenges of his move to London.

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.

“My first season here was difficult,” he says. “It was difficult to adapt to the Premier League, to another culture, to everything. Covid made traveling difficult, my family, girlfriend and friends were unable to come to London. I need this in my life and there were times when this was sad. At Christmas, for example.

‘This year, things are finally open. I can go out to restaurants again, try different food, visit London, smell the city and see Tower Bridge and the London Eye. To feel the stadium full of fans again is wonderful.

‘My English is completely different. There are many Spanish speakers in the club, Eric Dier speaks Spanish very well. But I have to talk to the other English boys because I want to improve.

‘Now I’m happy. I’m also growing in football and this year is different. It can be seen on the pitch. I am enjoying Premier League and London football. I have a lot of energy to play and enjoy ”.

Reguilon joined Spurs in September 2020, signed by Real Madrid’s José Mourinho after a successful season on loan at Sevilla, where he won the Europa League, and his sights are on bringing the silverware to White Hart Lane.

“I want to win a trophy with the Spurs,” says the 24-year-old Spanish international. “That is the objective, and to return to the Champions League or the Europa League.

‘To be in the top four or top six in the Premier League, but win a trophy. The trophy is a reward for work and a reward for deserving fans as well as for the team, especially Spurs fans because we all know that the club has not won trophies in recent years.

I know they have been close. The final of the Champions League and second in the Premier League. Last year, the Carabao Cup final. Sometimes we deserved to win, but that’s football. I hope this season we can win a trophy. Our fans deserve it. ‘

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