Cambridgeshire rugby player recovering after cardiac arrest

Allan Turpie
Image caption Allan Turpie is recovering in hospital

A rugby player taken to hospital in a life-threatening condition after collapsing during a game is "awake and talking", club officials have said.

Allan Turpie, of amateur club Ely Tigers, suffered a cardiac arrest in Great Shelford, near Cambridge, on Saturday.

Mr Turpie, who is in his 40s, was resuscitated by paramedics and taken to Papworth Hospital, in Cambridge.

A club spokesman said Mr Turpie was expected to leave hospital this week.

He said: "Allan is now awake and is talking and the doctors have confirmed that there is no permanent damage to his heart.

"It is hoped that Allan will be home by the middle to the end of the week."

The match between Great Shelford and Ely Tigers, who play in the Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 1 league, was abandoned.

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