West Brom game delayed twice due to ‘medical emergencies’ with supporter stretchered away

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A medical emergency inside The Hawthorns forced West Brom’s game to be postponed by 15 minutes at the start after a fan received medical attention before a second intervention was needed in the away stands later in the match. The Baggies were getting ready to face off against Bristol City when a “medical emergency” occured in the stands with a supporter requiring attention.

An alert paramedic team were quickly on the scene to put him on the stretcher, but there were positive signs as he was carried away.

The supporter was spotted ‘smiling and clapping’ to the reception from the crowd as he was stretchered out the ground.

It was not immediately clear what had happened to the supporter in the stands.

But the incident meant kick-off was delayed by 15 minutes with West Brom and Bristol City both providing an update on social media.

West Brom tweeted: “Owing to a medical emergency involving a fan inside the stadium, kick-off has been delayed by 15 minutes.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the supporter. We’re all with you.”

While Bristol City wrote: “Kick-off has been delayed 15 minutes because of a medical emergency involving a supporter.

“The thoughts of #BristolCity are with those affected.”

The game eventually did get underway at 3.15pm with Jordan Hugill scoring shortly after kick-off to give the home side an early lead.

But there was another delay in the match after a Bristol City fan required medical attention at half-time.

Again, paramedics were said to be quick on the scene with a defibrillator and the supporter was responding well to treatment.

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There was a 10-minute delay to the start of the second half while the medical staff resolved the issue before play resumed.

The incident with the supporter though comes just a week after Allan George Smith collapsed at Newcastle’s match against Tottenham.

Play was suspended in the 40th minute as the Newcastle supporter received medical attention.

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Dr Tom Prichard was praised for his quick efforts in helping save the 80-year-old in cardiac arrest.

Tottenham star Eric Dier spotted the incident while on the pitch and ran to the touchline to ask for medics to attend with a defibrilator.

A family statement said this week: “We are pleased to advise that Alan is making great progress, is now fully alert and is up and walking about.

“He will remain in hospital over the next few days while further tests are carried out.

“He and our family would like to say thank you to his friend, Don Williamson, who was with him at the time and alerted everyone to his condition.

“We would also like to thank and pay tribute to the doctors and nurses who administered CPR, the paramedics from North East Ambulance Service, St John’s Ambulance, fans and stewards at the scene, as well the medical staff at the RVI and Freeman Hospital. We will be forever grateful.

“We would also like to say thank you to all of the people who have wished Alan well on social media and the players and staff of both Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur.”

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