PICTURED: The hero doctors who helped save a fellow Newcastle fan’s life by giving him CPR while play was halted and worried players watched – and were then given a huge ovation by the rest of the 52,000 crowd

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  • Newcastle’s game against Spurs halted after a fan suffered a cardiac arrest
  • Doctor Tom Pritchard rushes to help the victim whose life has been saved
  • On his return he received a standing ovation from Gallogate End
  • Prichard says it was ‘one of the best moments of his life’ to get this reception

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It is the moment hero doctor Tom Prichard was given a standing ovation by the St James Park crowd after he helped save the life of a Newcastle fan on Sunday afternoon.

Newcastle’s game against Tottenham was halted at the end of the first half, when a fan suffered a cardiac arrest in the stands, with players urging the referee to stop playing, and Eric Dyer in the dugout for taking a defibrillator. ran away.

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The man’s life was saved, and now a video has surfaced showing two doctors returning to their seats while receiving a standing ovation from Gallogate End.

He later said that it was 'one of the best moments of his life'.
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Hero Doctor Tom Prichard receives a standing ovation from St James’s Park crowd

Prichard appeared on BBC Breakfast on Monday to explain how he helped save the man

Prichard appeared on BBC Breakfast on Monday to explain how he helped save the man

In the clip posted on Twitter, ‘Hero’ slogans can be heard while a man goes so far as to shake Dr. Prichard’s hand as if a goal has been scored before celebrating.

Hero doctor Prichard, who works in the North Eastern Hospital’s A&E department and also works part-time at Middlesbrough’s academy, appeared on BBC Breakfast on Monday morning to describe his actions and how it turned out.

“It all happened so quickly, to be honest,” he said. ‘I was sitting at Gallogate End and I could see something happening to the fans. They were calling the steward and first aiders, and I could see a woman there doing CPR on someone.

‘As an A&E doctor I thought it would be better if I could go and offer a hand and see what help I could offer here. So I just got up and rushed to help, really.’

Prichard then explained that the victim was incredibly lucky, with an intensive care doctor, a cardiologist, and St John Ambulance staff to help and save his life.

After stabilizing, Prichard went back to his seat and his relieved smile can be clearly seen in the social media clip.

Newcastle's clash against Tottenham was suspended after a medical emergency in the crowd

Newcastle’s clash against Tottenham was suspended after a medical emergency in the crowd

Eric Dier sprinted to the Newcastle dug-out, calling and gestured for a defibrillator

Eric Dier sprinted to the Newcastle dug-out, calling and gestured for a defibrillator

‘I want to say, it wasn’t just me, so as I say – a friend of mine was helping, Matty, another doctor, and the other two doctors,’ he continued on the BBC.

‘St John was brilliant, the club doctors came to lend a helping hand. It really wasn’t just me, but I will say that when I was walking back to my seat and there were 10,000 fans in Gallogate shouting “Hero” at me, it’s one of the best moments of my life.

‘The most important thing is that this man got to the hospital. I want to stress the importance of early CPR, early chest compressions, early defibrillation, that saved this man’s life. So if anyone in public sees this happening again, chest compressions, CPR is what it should be, and try to get a defibrillator there as soon as possible.’

With further praise likely for Prichard and other medics in the coming days and weeks, Alain Saint-Maximin put out a petition on Twitter to find the doctors involved in saving a man’s life.

Elsewhere on Twitter, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust tweeted: ‘We can’t be prouder of Dr Tom Prichard, one of our A&E registrars, who came to the rescue after a fan collapsed at a Newcastle game yesterday Were.’

Steward was handed a defibrillator after a medical emergency in a crowd

Steward was handed a defibrillator after a medical emergency in a crowd

Prichard and his friend Matty, also a doctor, go back to their seats at Gallogate End.

A man shook hands with Prichard and then was glad to learn that they had saved the man

Prichard and his friend Matty, also a doctor, go back to their seats at Gallogate End.

Meanwhile, Dier and Sergio Reguilon were also praised on the pitch for their quick-thinking actions, after the referee told the game to stop and Dier rushed to the bench to get to the club doctor.

No further details about the man’s health have been revealed, but it was announced on Sunday night that he was stable in hospital.

In the match itself, Newcastle lost 3–2 in the first game under their new Saudi-based owners.

There was celebration in the pre-game, and then again when Newcastle took an early lead, but Spurs turned the game on their head and grabbed all three points.

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