Heroes help to save rugby player who stopped breathing for six minutes

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A LENZIE Rugby Club volunteer and a fellow nurse came to the rescue when they helped save the life of a player who suffered a heart attack during a match.

Vicky Fletcher and Leigh Moore rushed to the aid of the man when he collapsed during a veterans match between Glasgow Hutchesons’ Aloysians and Clydebank on Saturday.

Vicky, who works at Yorkhill Children’s Hospital, volunteers at Lenzie Rugby Football Club and was on standby at a match on another pitch – between Lenzie and Clydebank – on Saturday afternoon.

One of the other players, who was also a doctor, was trying to resuscitate the collapsed player and Vicky and Leigh ran over and helped.

It’s understood the player stopped breathing for six minutes. He was taken to hospital by ambulance and is recovering.

It was just one of a number of medical emergencies on what turned out to be a dramatic day.

Charlie Stewart, secretary at Lenzie Rugby Football Club, said: “In the middle of the rugby field there was a player who was a doctor and there was a fireman and a policeman. Moments later they were joined by Vicky and Leigh.

“The player is a lucky man. This has been a good outcome.”

He added: “Our game was stopped after 10 minutes after a Clydebank player suffered quite a serious leg injury and was taken to hospital.

“Then one of our players banged his head and was taken off. Later on he wasn’t feeling well and an ambulance was called for him.

“I’ve never seen anything like it before.”

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