A football coach and devoted dad had his life saved by his colleagues after he suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch.
Simon Brown, a coach for North Shields Juniors Under 18s, was playing football alongside young players and two other coaches at John Spence Community High School when he suddenly collapsed onto the field.
His 18-year-old son Ethan, who was also playing, saw him fall and went over to him. He turned his dad around and realised something was wrong before calling over coaches Paul Geddes and Stuart Procter.
Paul and Stuart immediately began CPR, while the youngsters on the field were taken into the changing rooms.
The two coaches carried on resuscitation until an ambulance arrived.
Paramedics Kevin Cook and Jack Beattie then took over and continued with the CPR before Simon was taken to the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington . He was looked after in A&E and later ward 10, before being transferred to the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.
Simon spent a total of 10 days in hospital and was released after a defibrillator was fitted in his chest.
Now the 53-year-old, of North Shields, has got the chance to thank everyone who helped to save him.
Paramedics say Paul and Stuart’s actions helped to save Simon’s life.
Stuart, 43, the Under 17s coach, of Wallsend, said:
Paul, 43, who coaches the Under 18s team, said:
Mr Cook, from the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS), said the men’s actions on December 14 show how important CPR is.
Simon, a coach of 14 years, has also praised all the NHS staff who helped him as well as Jess Ross, who runs a refreshments stall at the football ground.