Charlie Wyke of Wigan thanks manager for helping save his life after the collapse

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Charlie Wyke of Wigan thanked his manager, Leam Richardson, and club doctor Jonathan Tobin for saving his life after cardiac arrest.

The forward collapsed in training on November 22 and Richardson and Tobin, who worked at Bolton and were among four men who helped save Fabrice Muamba when the midfielder suffered cardiac arrest at Tottenham in March 2012, stabilized his condition.

The 28-year-old left Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital on Thursday after undergoing medical intervention this week. After testing and monitoring for the past 10 days, the procedure, which is reversible, has seen Wyke fitted with an implantable defibrillator to provide protection on the road to recovery.

In a statement on the Wigan website, Wyke – who hopes to resume full training next year – said: “First and foremost, I just want to underline my sincere gratitude to the medical staff at the club and the staff at the club. NHS who took care of me after I was hospitalized last week.

“In particular, I would like to mention Dr Rob Cooper of Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital for all he has done for me over the past week.

“I think it is important to tell my story to our supporters and the general public, because my life was saved by the actions of the gaffer [Richardson] and club doctor Jonathan Tobin, and my story just might save another life.

“As you know, I collapsed during practice on Monday. I had cardiac arrest and needed CPR, and was told it was just the gaffer’s quick response to initiate the resuscitation process, then the follow-up to the doc that gave me saved life.

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“I will be eternally grateful that because of their actions – and those of my teammates and other staff – I am here to speak from the experience.

“Fortunately, just a few weeks ago, the training ground staff had received CPR training, which clearly proved to be life saving with the way the leader responded to my collapse and initiated CPR on the training ground. I think that sends a message how important it is for coaches and staff to have this training. “

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