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North Shields football coach reveals his fight for life after cardiac arrest on pitch


A football coach and devoted dad had his life saved by his colleagues after he suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch.

Simon Brown, a coach for North Shields Juniors Under 18s, was playing football alongside young players and two other coaches at John Spence Community High School when he suddenly collapsed onto the field.

His 18-year-old son Ethan, who was also playing, saw him fall and went over to him. He turned his dad around and realised something was wrong before calling over coaches Paul Geddes and Stuart Procter.

Paul and Stuart immediately began CPR, while the youngsters on the field were taken into the changing rooms.

The two coaches carried on resuscitation until an ambulance arrived.

Paramedics Kevin Cook and Jack Beattie then took over and continued with the CPR before Simon was taken to the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington . He was looked after in A&E and later ward 10, before being transferred to the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.

View the full article at The Chronicle

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