Brighton fans welcome back cardiac arrest patient

Terry Albrighton re-united with St John Ambulance South East  

A Sussex man who suffered a cardiac arrest after watching his beloved Brighton and Hove Albion play in February has been officially welcomed back by his fellow fans and reunited with those who came to his aid.

Terry Albrighton, 64, from Peacehaven was welcomed on to the pitch and interviewed in front of the crowd at half time during the Albion’s victory over Blackpool on Saturday (April 20).

On hand to provide vital first aid

Life-long fan Terry collapsed at the Seagulls' Amex stadium as he was leaving the ground after the team’s 1-0 win over Hull on Saturday 9 February.

On hearing of Terry’s collapse the event safety team consisting of South East Coast Ambulance Service clinicians, St John Ambulance and the club’s medical and stadium management teams sprang into action.

St John Ambulance crew, Rory Mercer and John Waters, were first on scene. It was evident Terry was in cardiac arrest and the pair immediately started cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, (CPR). SECAmb match paramedics Russell McCombie, Geraldine Chivers, Robin Scott and A&E consultant and crowd doctor at the Amex Rob Galloway, soon joined them at the scene.

The team performed advanced life support and delivered three shocks to restart Terry’s heart.

Terry underwent emergency treatment to be fitted with a stent and miraculously, later the same day, was awake and asking about the result of the match!

Everyone should learn first aid

Terry said: 'I’m so grateful for everything everyone did for me on the day and throughout my recovery. If it wasn’t for the whole medical team at the stadium, the people who stopped to help and the hospital staff, then the outcome could have been very different.

I’d encourage everyone to learn some life-saving skills as you never know when you might need them. I’m now looking forward to cheering on the team hopefully to the playoffs and beyond.'

St John Ambulance Area Manager Trevor Moss said: ‘This is a perfect demonstration of why knowing first aid is so important. It can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved. We provide a vital presence at thousands of events every year including here at the Amex. We’re just glad that we were able to come to Terry’s aid and wish him the best of health in the future.’