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Jake Humphrey relives 'heart-stopping' moment friend suffered heart attack in stands at Norwich City game

PUBLISHED: 15:36 18 January 2020 | UPDATED: 15:55 19 January 2020

Jake Humphrey praised Norwich City Football Club for its response, after his friend suffered a cardiac arrest at Carrow Road. Pic: Archant

Jake Humphrey praised Norwich City Football Club for its response, after his friend suffered a cardiac arrest at Carrow Road. Pic: Archant

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Television presenter and Norwich City fan Jake Humphrey has re-lived the dramatic moment his friend's heart stopped beating in the stands at Carrow Road.

The Barclay stand does the The Barclay stand does the "Farke arms" as Norwich Head Coach Daniel Farke does his trademark celebration with all four sides of the ground at the end of Norwich's Premier League match against Manchester City at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd.

The sports presenter has showered the club with praise for its reaction to the incident, which happened during Norwich's shock 3-2 home win against Manchester City last September.

Mr Humphrey, who is from Norfolk, said that his "euphoria" at the unlikely win was quickly dashed, when his friend's heart "literally stopped beating" in the stands.

Paramedics rushed to administer first-aid as he lay unconscious, and had to rip the Norwich City shirt from his chest to resuscitate him.

The BT Sport presenter said the man was "bought back from the brink", but spent several days in a coma following the cardiac arrest.

Norwich City players celebrate during their famous 3-2 win over Manchester City. Photo: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdNorwich City players celebrate during their famous 3-2 win over Manchester City. Photo: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Now, Mr Humphrey has praised the "genuinely community-focussed" club for continuing to support his friend through his recovery.

He said: "At times we are blinded by results. All we want is a team that wins. It is seemingly more important than anything. But what about a club that CARES?

….Amidst talk of owners, investment, transfer windows and Premier League survival...to support a fan-owned, genuinely community-focussed, caring, family club, that has kept those principles amidst the pressures of the modern game, is a rare and special thing. "

According to Mr Humphrey, NCFC Chief Operating Officer Ben Kensall had been in daily contact with the family, and the man had been given a free stadium tour.

He also received a signed shirt, to replace the one which was ripped as paramedics saved his life.

According to Dr Ian Williams, Consultant Cardiologist at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, the frontline team of paramedics and staff at Carrow Road had been integral to saving numerous lives.

He said: "Jake Humphrey (is) absolutely right to highlight the great team of NCFC, the St John's ambulance staff, coupled with the East of England Ambulance Service and acute staff at the Norfolk and Norwich. Their quick and skilled actions not only save lives, but save quality of life, because without effective basic and advanced life support, people sustain life changing brain injury. As the cardiologist who can only do something when other amazing people have done something so far outside their normal field of experience, I am hugely grateful to the front line team at NCFC."

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