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Albion fan praises quick response

22 May 2015

Cardiac arrest victim recovering at home

ALBION fan Mark Johnson has thanked medics, fellow Baggies supporters and Hawthorns staff members for saving his life following his cardiac arrest during Monday night's game with Chelsea.

The 54-year-old is recovering at his home in Stourport following his dramatic episode, which occured just after Chris Brunt scored Albion's third goal.

Mark suffered a cardiac arrest and needing 'shocking' seven times afterwards and twice more in the ambulance as he travelled to Sandwell Hospital.

And he now claims that he would not have survived had it not been for two doctors and a nurse seated nearby, along with the quick-thinking of Albion fans and stewards.

Mark said: "Chris Brunt scored the goal and I started jumping up and down like I always would.

"The next thing I know I went fuzzy, I went to sit down...and then I woke up in a hospital bed looking up at the ceiling lights.

"Thankfully there were two doctors - Dr Russell Davis and Derek Connolly - and a nurse who were close by and treated me.

"They did CPR and it's thanks to them and the assistance of other fans and stewards that I'm able to now talk about this.

"Without their quick thinking I'd probably not be here."

Club cardiologist Dr Kiran Patel, who also attended the incident, said: "Due to prompt and excellent early CPR from stewards, early involvement of first aiders and paramedic crew - who did their job in a challenging environment -  Mr Johnson was able to recover well in Sandwell Hospital. 

"We are also grateful to help and consideration from supporters and Doctors present, including cardiologist Dr Russell Davis from Sandwell.

"Everyone is extremely pleased to hear that Mr Johnson has made a recovery since Monday. We would like to wish him all the best for the future."

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