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Mum's joy as Cromer and Bradfield cricketer Olly Kimber fights back after being pulled unconscious from swimming pool

PUBLISHED: 14:52 07 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:33 07 March 2017

Olly Kimber, who is fighting back after being taken ill while swimming. Picture: Olly Kimber

Olly Kimber, who is fighting back after being taken ill while swimming. Picture: Olly Kimber

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"It's Mum." The sentence is small, but it brought enormous joy to hundreds of people when spoken by popular cricketer and fitness trainer Olly Kimber.

Olly Kimber (left), who is fighting back after being taken ill while swimming. Pictured with then-Cromer Cricket Club teammates Michael Warnes (centre) and Ants Robinson. Picture: Olly KimberOlly Kimber (left), who is fighting back after being taken ill while swimming. Pictured with then-Cromer Cricket Club teammates Michael Warnes (centre) and Ants Robinson. Picture: Olly Kimber

The sentence is small, but it brought enormous joy to hundreds of people when spoken by popular cricketer and fitness trainer Olly Kimber.

For it was said by the 26-year-old when he came out of sedation - having been pulled unconscious from a swimming pool with his survival on a knife-edge.

He was underwater for up to five minutes and there were fears Olly would either not survive or be seriously ill.

But when he recognised his mum Chrissie, medics knew he was on the mend - and he has received hundreds of messages from friends, family and colleagues as his recovery continues.

The East of England Air Ambulance was called to Woodland Holiday Park in Trimingham on March 3. Photo: supplied.The East of England Air Ambulance was called to Woodland Holiday Park in Trimingham on March 3. Photo: supplied.

Olly, from the North Walsham area, collapsed at Woodland Holiday Park in Trimingham at 2pm on Friday. He was pulled out of the water by four women and had CPR performed on him by pool staff.

A rapid response paramedic arrived, before the East Anglian Air Ambulance took him to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital - where he was put in a chiller for 20 hours.

Mum Chrissie, from North Walsham, said: “He had been working and went swimming. He’s a fitness fanatic. Apparently he did about 30 lengths quite quickly. He stood by the side of the pool and had a rest, then did another length and collapsed.”

She added: “When they asked how long he had been under water, they said five minutes. At six minutes your brain starts to die.”

Woodland Holiday Park, Trimingham.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLYWoodland Holiday Park, Trimingham. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

She said there was a nerve-racking wait for him to come round. If he could to squeeze someone’s hand when asked, the signs were promising. But if he started fitting, Mrs Kimber said there would have been a conversation with staff about switching off his machine.

“We went on Saturday afternoon and he was still chilled and sedated. He was shivering and they weren’t sure if he was fitting. They weren’t sure how much brain damage there was. They took him out of sedation and said I could see him. The doctors asked him who was visiting and he said: ‘It’s Mum’. I was over the moon. His smile was the best thing I’ve ever seen. He’s just the happiest boy. I could’ve lost my son.”

Olly, who is well-known locally for playing cricket for Cromer and Bradfield, is still on the cardiology ward as doctors carry out tests - having ruled out a number of possible causes for the collapse.

Woodland Holiday Park, Trimingham. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLYWoodland Holiday Park, Trimingham. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Facebook messages give Olly a boost

Nick Bond: Well played Kimber, you gave us a scare. Now keep fighting, stay strong and get yourself better so we can do some beer and cricket!

Tom Davies: Thoughts and prayers for Oliver Kimber and his family, lets hope for a full and speedy recovery. Everyone is thinking of you mate.

Richard Cox: Come on Oliver Kimber you can do this. There’s a Woodys rum waiting for you. Love you boy!

Gordon Harris: Anyone that’s met him knows how much of a legend he is!! Spreads smiles wherever he goes and literally wouldn’t hurt a fly!! Get well soon Kimbles, stay strong buddy.

Antony Davies: So so happy to hear you’re on the mend. Keep it up mate. All the love.

Jacqui Rice: Great to see your message Oli, keep on healing all of our love xxxxxx

Mark Blundell: What great news. Keep going Kimber. We are all right there with you.

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