The doctor who helped save the life of a fellow Newcastle fan opens up about the dramatic events.
And he said chanting St James’s Park for him as a hero was ‘one of the best moments of my life’.
Sunday’s match against Tottenham was suspended during the first half after the elderly gentleman suffered a cardiac arrest in the stands.
Dr Tom Pritchard sat 30 rows away at the end of Gallogate and ran to help by performing CPR before joining the effort to revive a Newcastle club doctor Paul Catterson’s supporter.
Newcastle confirmed last night that the fan at the hospital was ‘stable and responsive’, following a serious health hazard that pulled him off the ground after 20 minutes of treatment.
Dr Pritchard – who was given a standing ovation upon his return to his seat – appeared on BBC Breakfast this morning to share his experiences.
The junior doctor at the University Hospital of North Tees said: “It’s something you often see at work, but I haven’t had it outside the hospital before.
“There was an elderly gentleman in the seats in cardiac arrest, and CPR was going on.
“Luckily, St. John’s was quick enough, got the pads quickly. CPR took over.
“Another friend, Matty, who is sitting next to me, also came over, and we jerked the man through the defibrillator.
“He was lucky enough, plus, very quickly an intensive care doctor came in, a cardiologist came in, and we were able to get him back again.”
Dr. Pritchard said: “I didn’t know what was going on behind me. I just went into overdrive, and focused on the matter.
“When I got back to my seat, I didn’t know the match had been stopped. I just focused on what was happening.
“It wasn’t just me. A friend of mine was helping, and the other two doctors. St. John’s was fantastic, the club doctors came to lend a helping hand.
“I will say that when I was walking back to my seat and 10,000 Gallogate fans were shouting Hero at me, it was one of the best moments of my life.”
Referee Andre Mariner stopped play as Spurs defender Sergio Reguilon saw an emergency off the pitch.
Eric Dear then ran to the dugout and asked a medical staff with a vital defibrillator to sprint into the stands.
A statement from the Newcastle club said: “The NUFC can confirm that a supporter requiring emergency medical treatment during today’s game at St James’s Park is stable and responsive in hospital.”
The incident happened two minutes before half-time, with the visitors leading 2–1 thanks to goals from Tanguy Nombele and Harry Kane.
Speaking during the break in the game, Sky Sports pundit David Ginola called on all fans to learn CPR.
The Frenchman himself suffered a heart attack in 2017 and says it is ‘important’ that more people know to give life-saving treatment.