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Football assistant manager backs our campaign after near death experience

Preston Athletic assistant manager Stevie Adamson (centre) with manager David Bingham (left) and player Mark Stewart (right) who were on the scene when Stevie suffered a heart attack in December 2013 at a training session. Stevie believes the defib machine at the neighbouring rugby club saved his life

Preston Athletic assistant manager Stevie Adamson (centre) with manager David Bingham (left) and player Mark Stewart (right) who were on the scene when Stevie suffered a heart attack in December 2013 at a training session. Stevie believes the defib machine at the neighbouring rugby club saved his life

Backing the Advertiser’s Appeal From The Heart campaign, a football boss has told how colleagues and a defibrillator machine saved his life.

Preston Athletic’s assistant manager Stevie Adamson (45) had a heart attack after joining in a five-a-side football match at training last December.

This week he told the Advertiser: “I totally understand why you have launched this campaign.”

Stevie had just joined the players in the kickabout on the 3G pitches which join the football and rugby club in Prestonpans when the drama unfolded.

He said: “Quite simply I wouldn’t be here talking to you if the rugby club never had a defibrillator machine. It saved my life. ”

Backing our From The Heart campaign, Stevie added: “I think it would be good to have a map of where these machines are, as well as organisations actually getting them.

“Local communities should really know where their nearest one is. Anywhere could take one. For football teams and sports clubs they should have defib machines.”

The Preston Athletic assistant manager still can’t believe he had a heart attack.

He said:“We could all lose a few pounds but I feel fit. I have never smoked, I barely drink, I have never taken drugs , so I think to myself, ‘How can I have a cardiac arrest?’

“It’s really scary.”

Read more in this week’s Midlothian Advertiser, out now.

 

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