PC brings County fan back to life after heart attack

BACK TO LIFE: Newport County fan Gerald Evans collapsed before Saturday’s match at Torquay United. His life was saved by a policeman. Gerald is pictured recovering at home with his nephew Mark Avery (right) who was with him at the match Pic: JON BEVAN

BACK TO LIFE: Newport County fan Gerald Evans collapsed before Saturday’s match at Torquay United. His life was saved by a policeman. Gerald is pictured recovering at home with his nephew Mark Avery (right) who was with him at the match Pic: JON BEVAN

First published in Gwent news
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A NEWPORT County fan was brought “back to life” by a quick-thinking police officer after suffering a suspected heart attack while on the way to a game.

Lifelong supporter Gerald Evans was on his way to the ground for the away game at Torquay on Saturday when he started to have breathing difficulties and collapsed.

The 55-year-old, who has a history of heart problems, suffered a suspected heart attack to the horror of his nephew, Mark Avery.

The 39-year-old, who is also an avid County fan, said he could do nothing as he watched his uncle “die in my arms”. He couldn’t find a pulse and saw his uncle wasn’t breathing.

But a Gwent Police officer, who had travelled to the game with the County fans as an escort, wasted no time and began to administer CPR and mouth-to-mouth, eventually bringing Mr Evans “back to life”.

Both Mr Evans and his nephew said they wished to heap praise on the “remarkable” actions of PC Matthew Screen, which they said they are sure had “saved his life”.

Mr Avery said: “I literally can’t thank him enough. I watched my uncle die in my arms. He was gone as far as I was concerned. It was the scariest thing. But he brought him back. It was incredible.”

Mr Evans, a Newport County fan since his first game in 1969, was rushed to Torbay Hospital and monitored for 24 hours; missing the Exiles secure a vital 1-0 win and end a barren run of form. He said: “It wasn’t quite the away day I was expecting. We were joking once we got to the hospital about being County till I die, literally. But Mark kept me updated with the scores and I just thought ‘thank god for that’ when he told me that we had won.”

From Stockton Road, St Julian’s, Mr Evans has been given the all clear by his doctor and told to take it easy. But he aims to be at his beloved County’s next game against Portsmouth on Saturday where he hopes to meet PC Screen and thank him for what he did.

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10:07am Tue 25 Mar 14

BenJJR says...

All the best Gerald. Get well soon!
All the best Gerald. Get well soon! BenJJR
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12:01pm Tue 25 Mar 14

sooty001 says...

Get well soon Gerald we need supporters like you!
Get well soon Gerald we need supporters like you! sooty001
  • Score: 8

12:21pm Tue 25 Mar 14

county mad says...

Yes get well I wondered if it was the shock of us winning lol .get better fo the play offs mate
Yes get well I wondered if it was the shock of us winning lol .get better fo the play offs mate county mad
  • Score: 4

12:48pm Tue 25 Mar 14

jetspotter says...

Just seen the story of Gerald Evans, the County fan who had a heart attack on the way to the Torquay game. Nice story and happy outcome, but County are probably not the best team to follow if you have heart problems Gerald !!
Just seen the story of Gerald Evans, the County fan who had a heart attack on the way to the Torquay game. Nice story and happy outcome, but County are probably not the best team to follow if you have heart problems Gerald !! jetspotter
  • Score: 8

5:50pm Tue 25 Mar 14

keithbob says...

get well gerald,saw the incident myself outside the clubhouse.thought it was serious when i saw the two ambulances pull up!.see you saturday then!
and big respect to the officer concerned.
get well gerald,saw the incident myself outside the clubhouse.thought it was serious when i saw the two ambulances pull up!.see you saturday then! and big respect to the officer concerned. keithbob
  • Score: 4

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