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Cricketer on the mend and raring to come back

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 04, 2014

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A CRICKETER who is recovering after suffering a cardiac arrest while playing has revealed he hopes to be back at the crease ‘before too long’.

Ian Wakefield had to be revived after collapsing during a game between Rolleston Cricket Club’s second team and Sawley & Long Eaton Park.

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

The 50-year-old HR manager, from Stretton, said: “I suffered a cardiac arrest whilst playing for Rolleston Cricket Club at Sawley & Long Eaton Park Cricket Club.

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“Following treatment, I am now on the way to, what is expected to be, a full recovery.

“I would like to pass my thanks on to the staff of the Royal Derby Hospital who were brilliant from the moment I arrived, and the East Midlands Ambulance Service whose prompt attendance ensured that I was revived and got to the hospital without any obvious lasting damage.

“However, it is unlikely that any of their efforts would have succeeded without the previous efforts of the players and spectators of both clubs who administered CPR and kept me going before the emergency services arrived.

“The fact that they had the necessary knowledge, and used it to good effect, was instrumental in ensuring that I was in a position to be successfully revived.

“I will thank those people personally where possible.

“As a final point, I’d also like to thank those members of other clubs in the league who have passed on their best wishes.

“I hope to be playing against them again before too long.”

The incident took place during a match between in June.

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.”

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