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Air ambulance breaks down attending heart attack at cricket match

PUBLISHED: 16:37 21 May 2019 | UPDATED: 16:37 21 May 2019

East Anglian Air Ambulance developed a fault while trying to airlift a woman taken ill during a cricket match in East Harling. Picture: EAAA

East Anglian Air Ambulance developed a fault while trying to airlift a woman taken ill during a cricket match in East Harling. Picture: EAAA

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A village cricket match had to be abandoned after the air ambulance developed a fault while airlifting a woman who had suffered a heart attack.

The Memorial Field in East Harling where a woman member of staff was taken ill during a cricket match. Picture: GoogleThe Memorial Field in East Harling where a woman member of staff was taken ill during a cricket match. Picture: Google

Medically trained cricket players rushed to give first aid to the woman after she collapsed in the pavilion at the Memorial Field in East Harling on Saturday, May 18.

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The game between Great Melton Cricket Club C team and Old Buckenham B was abandoned when the East Anglian Air Ambulance landed but was then unable to take off after developing a problem with its door.

A spokesman for East Harling Sports & Social Club, who preferred not to be named, said the woman, a member of staff, had been taken to hospital by road and was now recovering.

He said: "The cricketers were very good; as soon as they understood the situation they pulled stumps and got out of the way. We have a defibrillator and that was activated then a couple of players who knew what they were doing, one a doctor, the other a paramedic, took charge."

Steve Phoenix, chairman of Great Melton CC, said: "Obviously we could not complete the match because there was a helicopter on the outfield. But it puts things in perspective. You don't worry about the outcome of a cricket match when there is someone battling for their life in the pavilion."

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