Dad brought back to life after heart attack during fan football match

Peter Dunn was playing against Ness FC at Falkirk Football Club when he collapsed.

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A dad was brought back to life after suffering from a heart attack during a fan football match at Falkirk football stadium.

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Peter Dunn, of Grangemouth, was playing for FC FFIT at Falkirk Football Club on August 4 when he suddenly collapsed in the 88th minute.

Luckily, opposition team Ness FC had a charge nurse, two police officers, a technician, and a paramedic in its ranks.

Christopher Adams, technician of Stornoway Ambulance Station and Martin Macleod, paramedic of Barvas Ambulance Station commenced CPR immediately.

The last thing Peter, a part-time gardener, remembers is waking up in hospital with his football boots still on.

“I just sort of sat up and came to. I didn’t know what had happened until I started getting messages.

“The nurse explained that I had a cardiac arrest. I actually felt absolutely great, but I think it was because of the morphine. I still had my football boots on.”

Peter spent the next three weeks in hospital after the incident, recovering from a triple bypass, but has since returned home, and is back to work.

He is also planning a return to walking football down the line.

Following the incident, Christopher and Martin were shortlisted in the Central FM Local Hero Awards held in Dunblane in November.

Christopher and Martin were among the Central FM finalists.

Peter added: “I would like to thank everyone who helped me, including my partner Karen and my daughter. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be here today. It was great for Chris and Martin to be recognised at the awards.”

Despite not winning, Christopher called it a “privilege” to be nominated.

He said: “Initially thinking he’d stumbled, I realised he had made no effort to stop his fall or in fact get back up. I knelt down and rolled him onto his back and check his breathing and pulse.

“At that point one of my teammates and a player on the other team, who are both A&E nurses, helped with compressions and mouth to mouth as I removed his shirt. Another player had run to get a defibrillator whilst Martin was on the phone to the ambulance call handler.

“As we prepared to enter the second shock, the Falkirk PRU arrived. It was following that shock we regained an output and Roddy Mackenzie, the A&E nurse from Stornoway, cannulated Peter.

“The ambulance arrived and the crew took Peter into the back of the ambulance where he was able to give them his personal details and they transported him to a hospital.”

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