Brighton fans welcome back cardiac arrest patient
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
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
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
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
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
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.’