Watford reveal fan who suffered cardiac arrest during game against Chelsea is in ‘remarkably good form’ and has accepted an invite to return to Vicarage Road as a guest of the club – as chairman Scott Duxbury praises ‘decisive and essential’ help from fans
- Watford have named the fan who suffered a cardiac arrest during Chelsea game
- Larry Brooks required CPR but club say he is now in ‘remarkably good form’
- Chairman Scott Duxbury has praised ‘decisive and essential’ help from the fans
- Brooks has also accepted an invite to return to Watford when he is recovered
Watford have confirmed the supporter who collapsed during their Chelsea clash following a cardiac arrest is in ‘good spirits and being well cared for.’
Fan Larry Brooks required CPR as he was treated by paramedics plus Watford and Chelsea medics, while fans seated nearby also assisted, following Wednesday’s incident which led to the match being suspended for around 30 minutes.
Players frantically flagged up the first-half medical emergency and refused to resume the game until they received positive news on Brooks’ condition.
Watford supporter Larry Brooks suffered a cardiac arrest during their game against Chelsea
Players were escorted off the pitch so medics could focus on the medical incident
Brooks was taken to neighbouring Watford General hospital, where on Thursday he remained under observation and will undergo treatment for an underlying issue.
Watford chairman Scott Duxbury said: ‘I would like to offer my personal thanks to those who took quick, decisive and ultimately essential action to help.’
Brooks has also accepted an invite from the club for him and his family to be guests at a future Watford game.
In a statement, the club added: ‘Watford FC has kept in touch with Larry during today and, while he’s still in hospital under observation, he is in remarkably good form and keen to discuss the Hornets’ fortunes for the season ahead rather than talk about what happened to him at the game.’
Players from both sides appeared to point out what was going on to referee David Coote
Brooks is now in ‘remarkably good form’ and recovering in hospital after the scary incident