Ely rugby player has cardiac arrest at Great Shelford

A rugby player is in a life threatening but stable condition after suffering a cardiac arrest during a game near Cambridge.

The Ely Tigers player, believed to be in his late 30s or early 40s, was playing at Great Shelford on Saturday afternoon when he collapsed.

East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) said the man's heart had stopped but was restarted by paramedics.

He was taken to Papworth Hospital by road, arriving shortly after 17:00 BST.

The East of England Ambulance Service (EEAS) said it had given the person who made the emergency call cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) advice over the phone.

EAAA critical care paramedic Gary Spitzer said: "I'd like to thank the patient's team-mates who gave us fantastic support at the scene.

"Their concern for their friend was clear and they helped us in every way they could.

"Our thoughts are now with the man and his family."

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