Former Norwich City defender is reunited with life-savers - and urges Canaries to ‘go for it’

Former Norwich City footballer, Shaun Elliott, front, thanks the paramedics who helped him after he

Former Norwich City footballer, Shaun Elliott, front, thanks the paramedics who helped him after he had a heart problem at his home at Poringland. From left, Jane Cossey, qualified student paramedic; Dave Smith, paramedic; and Jennifer Wicklund, student paramedic. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

A former Norwich City footballer has been reunited with the ambulance staff who saved his life after he suffered a blood clot.

Ex-Canaries centre-back Shaun Elliott, 58, of Poringland, said he will always be grateful to the paramedics - and he is now urging City's players to "just go for it" ahead of their play-off final match against Middlesbrough on Monday.

Shaun, who made 31 appearances for the Canaries between 1986-88, was about to have dinner with family and friends on January 17 when he began suffering severe chest pain.

An East of England Ambulance Service crew was called and arrived just minutes later, only for Shaun to deteriorate further.

But thanks to the quick-thinking paramedics Shaun survived.


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Yesterday he was reunited with the crew, which comprised of senior paramedic David Smith, student paramedic Jennifer Wicklund, and ambulance technician Jane Cossey.

Shaun, who now sells used cars, said: "I'm so grateful to them as I wouldn't be here without them.

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"I've thought a lot about it ever since it happened, but for these people it's every day stuff."

Shaun was captain of Sunderland when they played City in the 1985 Milk Cup final (when the Canaries last played at Wembley), but he missed the game through suspension and Norwich won 1-0.

Shaun said: "The final on Monday is a one-off game and it's something the players won't forget.

"I will be rooting for City."

Do you have a health story? Email nicholas.carding@archant.co.uk

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