Football Star's Emergency Heart Device Implantation Post Cardiac Arrest
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Football Star's Emergency Heart Device Implantation Post Cardiac Arrest

21 December 2023
2 min.
Football Star's Emergency Heart Device Implantation Post Cardiac Arrest

Defying the Odds

In a surprising twist, Luton Town skipper Tom Lockyer has been released from the hospital post a successful implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) operation. The 29-year-old faced a cardiac arrest in a recent game against Bournemouth, marking the second occurrence following his collapse in Luton's play-off final victory on May 28.

Recovery and Gratitude

Luton Town officially announced Lockyer's discharge on Wednesday, emphasizing that he has now begun a period of rehabilitation from the comfort of his own home. The statement expresses gratitude on behalf of Lockyer, his family, and the club for the overwhelming support received from Bournemouth's supporters and officials.

Special recognition is given to Bournemouth's medical staff and midfielder Philip Billing, who played a pivotal role by being the first to call for assistance during the critical incident.

Crucial Role of Medical Teams

The statement underscores the crucial role played by both Bournemouth's medical team and local paramedics in ensuring Lockyer's chance of recovery. It acknowledges that the successful outcome was made possible by the diligent implementation of protocols and the professional actions of Luton Town's medical staff.

ICD Procedure Explained

During the procedure, Lockyer had an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) fitted. This small device is designed to regulate abnormal heart rhythms by sending electrical pulses to address irregularities. Notably, this procedure is not unprecedented, as Denmark player Christian Eriksen underwent a similar process following his collapse during a European Championship match in 2021. Eriksen shared his experience, highlighting the reassurance that an ICD brings, stating, "There are no limits; you just have to let it heal for a few months."

Lockyer's Achievements

Originally from Cardiff, Lockyer made his international debut for Wales in 2017 and has since accumulated 16 appearances for his country. He played a crucial role in the 26-man squad that represented Wales in the 2022 football World Cup in Qatar, marking their first appearance in 64 years.

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