Devon

Budleigh GP aids cricket team-mate after heart attack

A man who had a heart attack while playing cricket for a team of GPs in Devon was revived by a team-mate who had a defibrillator in his car.

The man, who is in his 40s, fell ill at the start of the match at Budleigh Salterton Cricket Club on Sunday afternoon.

The cricket club said one of the GPs on his team rushed to help the man, who was lying unconscious on the pitch.

He was taken to hospital by the Devon Air Ambulance.

The cricket club secretary, Kevin Curran, said at least four or five people on the GPs' team were qualified doctors.

The cricketers were playing a team from the town's football club when the man collapsed.

Mr Curran said: "The cricket had just started, it hadn't even had time to warm up, the game had only been going about five minutes and [the man] was nowhere near the ball when he collapsed.

"He was very fortunate that he was playing with friends who were there and able to treat him then and there.

"If that wasn't the case then the equipment which one of the doctors had in his car might not have been available and we might not have our colleague with us today.

"The very quick action of the doctor involved, who is a bit of a hero I guess, has meant that our friend and colleague has got another opportunity, as it were."

He said the man was still in hospital but was "making progress".

Mr Curran said the cricket club was now considering buying a defibrillator and training members how to use it.

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