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Cricketer who collapsed ‘thank you’ to lifesavers

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 25, 2014

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A CRICKETER who is recovering after suffering a heart attack while playing has thanked those that saved his life.

Four men performed CPR for 10 minutes before paramedics revived Ian Wakefield using a defibrillator and took him to Royal Derby Hospital.

The 50-year-old, from Stretton, remains in hospital, but plans to visit all four men after he is discharged by doctors.

The HR manager said: “It’s difficult to put into words how thankful I am – words are not adequate.

“The doctors said if those guys hadn’t have done what they did, then I probably wouldn’t be here today.

“Everyone has been fantastic and I can’t thank them enough.”

The incident took place during a match between Rolleston’s second team and Sawley & Long Eaton Park on Saturday.

Mick Hopkins, of Long Eaton, worked desperately with his teammates to resuscitate Mr Wakefield, who was batting when he fell ill.

He said: “I saw him fall down and immediately ran to him and could see that he needed urgent help.

“He was fitting and then he was not moving. People were saying he was dead.”

Teammates Dean Hubbard and Graham Buchanan were also on hand to help.

Steve Yates, 53, of Stretton, was watching the game from the sidelines.

After seeing his friend collapse to the ground he ran to him to see if he could help.

He said: “The other three guys had already started trying to revive him and after a while I joined in.

“It was very emotional.”

Rolleston Cricket Club chairman Bob James said: “Everyone at the club thanks the people that saved Ian’s life from the bottom of our hearts.

“While not fully fit at the moment as he remains in hospital, he appears in good health and thankful for all the people wishing him well.

“All of our thoughts are now with him and his wife Alison during his recovery.”

Paramedics used a defibrillator to get Mr Wakefield’s heart beating again before taking him off to hospital in an ambulance.

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