Villa fan treated after cardiac arrest

An Aston Villa fan who suffered a cardiac arrest after the club's first goal in tonight's Capital One Cup match against Bradford City is doing well in hospital, according to the West Midlands Ambulance Service.

The man, who is believed to be in his mid 50s, collapsed at the ground at about 8.20pm. Ambulance staff and St John Ambulance volunteers were nearby and started treatment on the man.

“The WMAS and St John medics worked together to give the patient CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), drug therapy and two shocks from a defibrillator.

“The man responded well to treatment and came round at the ground. He was taken by ambulance by WMAS and St John staff to City Hospital where he continues to undergo treatment.

“Whilst it is very early days, the initial signs are hopeful.

“Once again, this case shows the value of knowing how to carry out CPR. Early intervention can improve the chances of survival dramatically. We would urge everyone to take the time to learn how to carry out CPR.”

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman