The family statement said the fan who needed medical help during Newcastle United’s Premier League match against Tottenham on Sunday was “improving a lot”.
Alan George Smith, 0, was suspended in the first half of the match at St. James Park in the ed0 minutes and his condition stabilized.
Tottenham defender Eric Deere ran to the touchline and asked the medical staff to come with both set players with defibrillators, while the emergency crew was present at the East Stand.
After receiving CPR, Mr Smith was transferred to Freeman Hospital for specialist treatment before being transferred to the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) in downtown Newcastle.
A family statement issued by Paul, son of Mr Smith Smith, said: “We are pleased with the advice that Allan is making great progress, is now fully alert and walking.
“He will be in the hospital for the next few days when further tests will be done.
“He and our family would like to thank his friend Don Williamson, who was with him and alerted everyone to his condition.
“We would also like to thank the doctors and nurses who conducted the CPR, the paramedics at the Northeast Ambulance Service, the St. John’s Ambulance, the fans and stewards at the scene, as well as the medical staff at RVI and Freeman Hospital.”
“We want to thank all the people who greeted Allan and Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur players and staff on social media.”
Tottenham then restarted the game with a 3-2 win.
Newcastle Fan Doctor: The key to early action
Dr Tom Pritchard, who helped save Newcastle fans from cardiac arrest, talks about the test Sky Sports News On monday.
He said: “I was at the Gallogate stand behind the target and I saw something going on with the fans at the East stand. They called the St. John’s Ambulance crew and I just kept an eye on things and thought I’d at least give some help or advice.
“I crossed my path and made sure there was a gentleman at the time of the cardiac arrest, lying in six or seven chairs. St. John’s was awesome, it was awesome to quickly pad like them in such a stressful environment.
“A member of the public had already started chest compressions, so I came in, took control of the compression and ran CPR while the ambulance crew installed the defibrillator.
“We gave a push, which was pretty hard in a crowded place, I’ve never done that before. Lots of people around.
“We did some more CPR, another push, and we were able to get him back.
“The importance of early CPR and early defibrillation is the life of this man, which saved the life of Christian Eriksen. It’s important to get things done early, if St. John hadn’t been there or if he hadn’t been home on his own.
“It’s really important to try to make the public aware of early CPR. Hopefully we can make the public understand this more.”
Ginola recalls the role of CPR in recovery from cardiac arrest
Former Newcastle midfielder David Ginola suffered a four-heart bypass after suffering a cardiac arrest during a charity match in France in 2016, and he was Sky Sports Pundit at St. James Park on Sunday.
Ginola was given CPR on the pitch at the time and spoke of the importance of giving someone a better chance of fully recovering.
“That’s what saved my life – they were the surgeons who worked on me,” he said.
“The ones who saved my life were on the football pitch who knew how to do CPR. They did it for 12 minutes and I was dead for 12 minutes. It’s so important that otherwise the brain would be damaged.
“Sometimes [when doing CPR] People don’t want to hurt you too much but you have to go deep and break the ribs. When you learn how to do it, you are becoming very strong on the body. That’s the key. It is vital. “
What is CPR and how do you perform it?
CPR means cardiopulmonary resuscitation and it is a medical procedure given to someone undergoing cardiac arrest.
It occurs when the heart experiences an electrical problem and stops pumping blood around the body and brain, causing the person to fall from consciousness and stop breathing.
Physicians define it as ‘clinical death’, which is the onset of biological death, although CPR can help a person resume heart function and save their lives.
By arranging chest compressions and respiration, CPR performers help pump blood and oxygen around a person’s body, taking on the role of their heart and lungs.
Always call 999 for professional help before starting CPR. The NHS’s advice for chest tightness is as follows:
- Place your ankle on the bone of the breast in the center of the person’s chest. Place your other hand on top of your first hand and attach your fingers.
- Keep your hands up with your shoulders.
- Using your body weight (not just your arms), press 5 to 6cm (2 to 2.5 inches) straight on their chests.
- Put your hands on their chests, release the contractions and let the chests return to their original position.
- Repeat these contractions at the rate of 100 to 120 times per minute until the ambulance arrives or you get tired.
The British Heart Foundation recommends that it is better to try and do CPR even if you are unsure rather than doing something in an emergency.