Football coach races to the rescue to save fan

Lenzie Youth Club
Lenzie Youth Club

A DEDICATED coach has been hailed a hero after helping to save the life of a parent who suffered a heart attack at a game.

Lenzie YC under-15 coach Robert Stewart reacted quickest after a Syngenta Grange player’s dad went into cardiac arrest on the touchline while watching his son in action in the Falkirk Cup competition.

Robert, a former nurse now involved in social care, came to the rescue.

He noticed that the man was changing colour, so he turned him onto his back and administered CPR.

For more than 10 minutes while waiting on the ambulance, Robert, first aiders and a medical student referee battled to save the man’s life.

Robert (49) said: “Everybody did their bit. It was a team effort.

“He’s a lucky man to survive, he was defibrillated five times. It’s great to hear he’s doing well.”

The ordeal happened during a youth football tournament on Easter Monday.Within hours of being admitted to hospital, although suffering from short term memory loss which is common in such cases, the dad was sitting up in bed.

Lenzie YC under-15 manager Billy Inglis was full of praise and admiration for pal Robert.

Billy told the Herald: “He’s a hero.

“Looking on from a distance I know there was no way I could have done as good a job as those people, it made the difference between life and death.

“The young player was very grateful to those who helped save his dad’s life and posted a message on facebook to all at Lenzie.”

The Syngenta player’s Facebook message said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to all the medical staff, players, parents, coaches and officials who helped save my dad’s life. If it wasn’t for them he wouldn’t be here.”

Robert, who lives in Milton of Campsie, said: “All’s well that ends well.”