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Newcastle fan who collapsed during Tottenham game is released from hospital

Medics in the crowd rushed to help the elderly supporter, later named Alan Smith, after suffering cardiac arrest in St. James’ Park on October 17.

Both Newcastle and Spurs players were praised for alerting referee Andre Marriner, who abandoned the game.

This made it possible to use a defibrillator after accident and emergency consultant Dr Tom Prichard – a nearby fan – performed CPR and used the defibrillator before paramedics arrived.

In a statement from Newcastle which provided an update on the fan, it was revealed that he was targeting a return to St. James’ Park for the visit to Norwich on November 30 or the clash with Burnley on December 4.

Smith required the insertion of four stents to aid his recovery, with his son Paul describing the medical staff as “extraordinary” during his father’s stay at the city’s Freeman Hospital.

The Magpies fan was released on Tuesday and will now spend the next two to four weeks building up his strength at home.

A statement on the Newcastle website read: “He looks forward to seeing his family and friends over the next few days and sends his thanks to everyone who wished him luck.

“His local constitutional and union club at Forest Hall, of which Mr. Smith is the president, will be launching a fundraising event from November 13 to purchase a defibrillator, after seeing how important they can be.”

Additional reporting by PA Media.



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