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Burton Albion fan praised for rushing to aid of collapsed Sheffield Wednesday supporter

The unwell man remains in a coma

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A Burton Albion fan has been praised for rushing to the aid of a collapsed Sheffield Wednesday fan after the game between the two clubs on New Year's Day.

The Owls fan, who wishes to remain anonymous, fell ill in a car park near his team's Hillsborough Stadium, in the city, shortly after the 3-0 win for the Brewers.

Two quick thinking fans - Rob Wakelin, a Brewers' supporter, along with a Wednesday fan, stepped in to perform CPR on the man before he was taken to hospital in an ambulance.

Lewis Piddington has since thanked the fans for helping his granddad, who is currently in a coma.

Herries Road, where a fan collapsed in a car park after the Sheffield Wednesday v Burton Albion match(Image: Google)

Lewis took to social media to express his gratitude, tweeting: "Thank you all. This man is my granddad. He's currently alive in hospital but in a coma.

"We are waiting to hear if everything is okay. My mum cried when she saw this so thank you from me and my family. Also, thank you to the Burton fan who performed CPR and to @NikkieHiggs."

Brewers' hero Rob Wakelin, who helped save the Wednesday supporters' life, said: "I knew something was wrong because there were no cars coming out of the car park when the game finished.

"When we got there, a gentleman had collapsed and he was lying on his back.

"I shouted to get an ambulance here as quick as possible, as you could imagine it was all a bit surreal.

"I kept talking to the gentleman's wife and daughter, keeping them company and telling them he's a fighter.

Mr Wakelin, who teaches at Codsall Community High School, said it was "lovely" to receive praise about him online.

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The 52-year-old said: "I'm a bit overwhelmed by it all. All I'm bothered about is that the man pulls through."

Other fans had also praised paramedics who tended to the stricken fan, saying they had "worked tirelessly" to give him the best chance of making a full recovery, Sheffield newspaper The Star reports.

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