Out of the lion's den
13 September 2006
St John Ambulance volunteers and football medics saved the life
of a man after his desperate friends rushed him to Millwall
Football Club, when a blood clot on his brain burst.
They are heroes. The St John Ambulance staff and the club’s doctor undoubtedly kept this man alive.
Crowd medical services manager
The drama unfolded at The Den on Saturday after the man, who was
recovering from surgery to a fractured skull, collapsed at his home
nearby and began to bleed internally.
His friends, concerned that an ambulance would not get to him in
time, rushed him in a car to Millwall’s ground where they knew they
could find medical help. When St John Ambulance volunteers got to
him, they found he had suffered a cardiac arrest and police had
. The St John volunteers
swiftly took over
Peter Greenwood, St John Ambulance officer-in-charge at Millwall
FC, comments: “I am very proud of our volunteers; their quick
action saved this man’s life. This was an extremely anxious
situation and it seems as though the man will make a good
Alison Leary, manager of crowd medical services at Millwall
football club, said: 'They are heroes. The St John Ambulance staff
and the club’s doctor undoubtedly kept this man alive.'
St John Ambulance volunteers, the club’s doctor and paramedics
from the London Ambulance Service managed to resuscitate the man
and he was taken to King’s College Hospital, where the man is
making a good recovery.