Wigan’s Charlie Wyke has thanked his manager, Leam Richardson, and the club doctor Jonathan Tobin for saving his life after a cardiac arrest.
The striker collapsed in training on 22 November and Richardson and Tobin, who used to work at Bolton and was among four men who helped save Fabrice Muamba when the midfielder had a cardiac arrest at Tottenham in March 2012, stabilised his condition.
The 28-year-old left the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital on Thursday after undergoing a medical procedure this week. After testing and monitoring over the last 10 days, the procedure, which is reversible, saw Wyke fitted with an implantable defibrillator to provide him with protection on his road to recovery.
In a statement n Wigan’s website, Wyke – who hopes to return to full training next year – said: “First and foremost, I just want to stress my sincere appreciation to the club’s medical staff and the NHS staff who have cared for me after I was taken into hospital last week.
“In particular, I would like to mention Dr Rob Cooper from the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital for everything he has done for me over the last week or so.
“I feel it’s important to tell my story to our supporters and to the wider public, because my life has been saved by the actions of the gaffer [Richardson] and the club doctor Jonathan Tobin, and my story may well save another life.
“As you are aware, I collapsed during training on Monday. I suffered a cardiac arrest and required CPR, and I am told it was only the quick response of the gaffer to initiate the resuscitation process and then the continuation from the doc that saved my life.
“I will be forever grateful that due to their actions – and those of my teammates and other staff – I am here to talk to about the experience.
“Thankfully, just a few weeks ago, the training-ground staff had received CPR training, which has clearly proven to be life-saving with the way in which the gaffer reacted to my collapse and initiated the CPR on the training pitch. I think that sends out a message of just how important it is that coaches and staff have that training.”