A football player owes his life to a spectator.
Mark Martin the Saviour
Lee Orton collapsed with a heart attack as the new Huddersfield District League season kicked off this week.
As his heart stopped for several minutes he was saved by a former nurse, who happened to be watching the game.
“I’m just so glad I was able to help,” said modest hero Mark Martin, who was helped by Aimbry player Simon West.
Mr Martin, 52, carried out cardiac massage on the stricken player for more than 10 minutes in a bid to keep the blood flowing, before Lee was resuscitated by rapid response paramedics armed with a defibrillator.
Last night, 30-year-old Lee was on the mend in Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
Lee Orton the Survivor
The man who saved him had gone to watch his two sons, Andrew and Chris, play for Brook Motors at Aimbry’s Bradley Mills home.
Lee was playing in the Aimbry side after being given the all-clear by doctors, having had treatment for previous heart problems.
But he collapsed after 25 minutes of the game. He was hit in the chest by the ball and went down.
Mr Martin said: “It was Chris who realised the lad was in trouble and I saw he wasn’t breathing well. I went across while someone phoned for an ambulance and realised his heart had stopped.
“Thinking back it was a frightening moment but the adrenaline kicked in and I began heart massage.
“It seemed to go on for ages and someone said it was at least 10 minutes before the paramedics arrived.
“They immediately got out an ECG machine and it showed the lad had no heartbeat, but they shocked him once with the defibrillator and he came round.
“Before they took him away he was able to talk and I’m just glad I was there to help.”
Mr Martin works as a builder alongside son Chris, but spent years working as a practice nurse in Skelmanthorpe.
He lives in Emley with wife Christina and is an experienced triathlete.
And he hopes the drama of Wednesday night will prompt others involved in sport to consider getting basic CPR training.
Aimbry secretary Conway Shaw, said: “It was very frightening. Lee was struggling to breathe and was obviously in a bad way.
“They got Lee into the recovery position and then on his back. They made sure his tongue was clear of his throat and then began CPR.They were really working hard on his chest to try and keep him breathing.
“Someone had called for an ambulance and we were lucky that the game was at Barr Street in Bradley Mills, where the ambulance was able to drive straight on to the pitch.”
He said Lee had suffered from heart problems in the past but had been under treatment and the doctors said he was fine to resume playing.
“It was a really frightening situation, almost like the Fabrice Muamba situation when he was playing for Bolton Wanderers at Tottenham, Hotspur, and had a heart attack.
“It stresses how vital it is to have people with first-aid knowledge at games.”
Brook Motors’ secretary Trevor Smeaton said: “We are glad the lad seems to be okay.
“Mark has had nursing experience through his work in the past and knew exactly what to do.
“Mark worked really hard to keep the lad breathing by massaging his heart to keep it going.”