Thursday 19 January 2017

Team mates revive GAA star after he suffered suspected heart attack on pitch

Published 09/08/2016 | 11:11

Danny Battersby is recovering in hospital after a suspected heart attack
Danny Battersby is recovering in hospital after a suspected heart attack

Curraha GAA star Danny Battersby is lucky to be alive.

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The 22-year-old collapsed suddenly during a game with Drumbaragh in Meath on Sunday afternoon.

Thankfully a spectator had a defibrillator in his car and his team mates Neil Shorthall (23) and Liam Hogan (24) were able to revive him with the assistance of a paramedic and the two physios who were at the game.

The duo are trained first responders and acted quickly by taking turns to perform CPR as well as the defibrillator to bring Danny back.

Danny has emerged from an induced coma at our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

Gavin Coyle, a team mate of Danny's, was on the pitch when he collapsed away from the play.

"Wolfe Tones had a defibrillator of their own but a spectator happened to have one in his car and he was straight on. We were just very lucky," he told Independent.ie.

"All the news since Sunday has been very positive. He woke from the coma, he's talking and he's moving his arms and legs."

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