Gillingham heart attack rugby coach Graham Longstaff appeals to find saviour
A rugby official who suffered a heart attack on the
sideline is desperate to thank the off-duty paramedic who may have
saved his life.
Graham Longstaff, 58, a coach at
Medway RFC, collapsed while running the line at the first team
match with Aylesford Bulls on Saturday.
His son Robert, 24, who was on the
subs bench, rushed to his father's aid while colleagues called for
Mr Longstaff was taken to the William
Harvey Hospital, in Ashford, where he underwent emergency surgery
at the specialist unit.
He was released on Tuesday and is now
recovering with wife Lin, 54, at the family home in Darland,
Mr Longstaff said the drama in the
second half of the game at Aylesford RFC ground in Hall Road came
"like a bolt out of the blue".
Dad of-two Mr Longstaff said: "I would
like to find out who the paramedic was. I believe she may have been
watching her boyfriend who was playing for Aylesford."
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