THOUSANDS of people have shared a video of a North East doctor who rushed to the aid of a fellow football fan during Newcastle United's game yesterday.

Dr Tom Prichard, an A&E consultant at the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton, was among those to help at the scene of the medical emergency at St James' Park during the Magpies game against Tottenham.

The unnamed fan received CPR inside the ground before Newcastle’s club doctor, Paul Catterson, sprinted from the dug-outs to assist with the aid of a defibrillator.

A video of Dr Pritchard, an A&E consultant at the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, returning to his seat in Gallowgate End after helping the unnamed fan has emerged on social media.

Fans can be heard chanting "hero, hero" and are seen shaking his hand and elbow-bumping the medic.

Newcastle released a statement after the game resumed revealing the supporter had been successfully stabilised inside St James’ Park before being transported to hospital.

The Premier League encounter at St James’ Park, which the visitors won 3-2, was suspended for 20 minutes towards the end of the first half as a medical emergency in the stands became apparent.

Spurs pair Sergio Reguilon and Eric Dier played key roles in making sure the match was stopped and the man swiftly received treatment.

The game resumed after the fan was stabilised and taken to hospital, and the club confirmed last night: “Newcastle United can confirm that a supporter who required emergency medical treatment during the club’s Premier League fixture with Tottenham Hotspur at St James’ Park on Sunday is stable and responsive in hospital.

“The match was temporarily suspended during the incident, which occurred during the first half, and the supporter was awake and able to converse upon being transported to hospital.

“The club would like to thank fans for their swift actions in raising the alarm and praise those who provided immediate chest compressions, as well as thanking the on-site medical professionals who swiftly administered emergency treatment using a defibrillator located close to the incident.

“Newcastle United club doctor, Dr Paul Catterson, also attended the incident to offer additional support with an additional defibrillator.

“Our best wishes go to the supporter and their loved ones and we hope for a swift and full recovery.”

Reguilon and Dier were jointly awarded man-of-the-match honours following their quick thinking.

Reguilon alerted referee Andre Marriner to the incident while Dier sprinted to the touchline to inform the bench and make sure medics, and a defibrillator, were quickly at the scene.

“We heard the fans screaming,” Reguilon told Sky Sports after the match.

“I saw one guy lying down. I was very nervous. I went to the referee and said, ‘We have to stop, we cannot play like this’.

“Now, I think he is OK? That is more important than anything.”

Alongside a picture of Reguilon speaking to Marriner, Spurs tweeted: “Delighted to hear positive updates following today’s medical emergency at St James’ Park.

“We’re proud of our players and thankful to the incredible staff who responded in such difficult circumstances.”

Ex-Newcastle and Tottenham winger David Ginola, who suffered a cardiac arrest during a charity match in France in 2016, was at the match working as a television pundit, and urged everybody to get CPR training.

“[The incident] brings back some very weird memories,” the 54-year-old said in the Sky Sports studio during the stoppage.

“I have not been in the country for years and you have a heart attack in the stadium – it is a bit weird.

“I think a defibrillator helps massively. Having people being able to perform CPR helps massively. At the end of the day we should all be able to perform CPR to help each other.”

Ginola collapsed and fell into a coma more than five years ago. He was administered CPR on the pitch by fellow footballer Frederic Mendy.

“This is what saved my life,” added Ginola, who also played for Tottenham, Aston Villa and Everton. “The surgeon who operated said to me: ‘I did my job but I didn’t save your life, the one who saved your life is the one next to you on the football pitch’.

“Frederic Mendy and those guys had been told how to perform CPR and they did it for 12 minutes. I was dead for 12 minutes.

“It is very important because otherwise the brain is damaged, even if your heart is saved.”

Former Magpies midfielder Kieron Dyer was also appearing as a pundit for Sky Sports and he added: “When you do your coaching badges it is compulsory you learn your first aid.

“We have to learn CPR and know where all the defibrillators at the training ground are because having that bit of knowledge will save lives.”


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