Fan suffers heart attack

AN elderly man is recovering in hospital today after suffering a heart attack during Ipswich Town's match with Birmingham City.The man, who is believed to be in his 80s and from the Wisbech area of Cambridgeshire, had to be resuscitated by paramedics during yesterday's game against Birmingham.

AN elderly man is recovering in hospital today after suffering a heart attack during Ipswich Town's match with Birmingham City.

The man, who is believed to be in his 80s and from the Wisbech area of Cambridgeshire, had to be resuscitated by paramedics during yesterday's game against Birmingham.

Jason Gillingham, clinical field operations manager at Ipswich ambulance station, was on duty at the Portman Road ground.

He said: “The man suffered two cardiac arrests while he was at the ground, which meant his heart stopped twice.

“It took us about 15 to 20 minutes to re-start his heart and stabilise him enough to then be able to get him on a stretcher to get him out of the stadium.”

Paramedics worked alongside members of St John's Ambulance and used defibrillators to get the man's heart going again, while stewards put up blankets to prevent other members of the crowd seeing what was happening.

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The man, who was in the Greene King stand, was eventually taken to Ipswich Hospital where he is believed to have regained consciousness.

A hospital spokeswoman today described his condition as “comfortable”.

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