Manchester United heart attack fan in 'life saver' appeal

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Image caption Chris Madden said he wanted to thank the unknown supporter and his son

A Manchester United fan who had a heart attack outside the club's stadium has made an appeal to find the man who helped "save his life".

Chris Madden, 57, left the Old Trafford ground after the 0-0 draw with Burnley on 29 October when he felt breathless.

He slumped over a car at a nearby showroom when a fellow United supporter, believed to be a doctor in his 50s, came to his aid.

Mr Madden said the man stayed with him for an hour until paramedics arrived.

'Heavy chest pain'

Mr Madden, a United season-ticket holder from Audenshaw in Greater Manchester, said he remembered becoming "very breathless, sweaty and nauseous".

"It was just a very, very heavy pain on my chest as if someone was sitting on it.

"As I was falling down, I just felt somebody get hold of me and this voice said, 'Are you alright, fella?' and I said, 'No, I'm not mate'."

"As far as I'm concerned, this man saved my life," he added.

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Media captionAn appeal was issued on MUTV after Chris Madden became ill

Mr Madden was taken to hospital where he had a heart bypass operation three days later. He is now recovering at home.

"I'm just so thankful for this guy who took time out - a fellow Manchester United fan who grabbed hold of me.

"I'd just like to put my arms around him and thank him on behalf of me, my lovely wife and my son."

Mr Madden said he received messages from football fans around the country - "from Manchester City, Liverpool and down south wishing me a big recovery" - after Manchester United sent a tweet about the incident, which has been shared more than a thousand times.

"For people to take time out who don't know me, that's the football family - we all support different clubs but it's the football family."

What to do if someone is having a heart attack

  • Call 999 or 112
  • Help move them into the most comfortable position - the best position is on the floor leaning against a wall with knees bent, and head and shoulders supported
  • Give them a 300mg aspirin, if available and they're not allergic, and tell them to chew it slowly
  • Keep checking their breathing, pulse and level of response
  • If they lose responsiveness at any point, open their airway, check their breathing - you may need to do CPR

Source: St John Ambulance

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