Norwich City legend Darren Huckerby helps save Elm man's life after he collapsed at game
A NORWICH City fan whose heart stopped beating when he collapsed after a match has hailed paramedics, staff and Canaries legend Darren Huckerby for saving his life. Terry Jordan, from Elm, collapsed after the League One clash with Huddersfield Town at Carrow Road on December 19.
A NORWICH City fan whose heart stopped beating when he collapsed after a match has hailed paramedics and staff who saved his life - and Canaries legend Darren Huckerby for his role in averting the tragedy.
Grandfather-of-five Terry Jordan, 74, from Elm, suffered a cardiac arrest shortly after Norwich's 3-0 victory over Huddersfield Town at Carrow Road on December 19 and had to be fully resuscitated by paramedics.
Former Norwich City star Huckerby was among the concerned fans who saw Mr Jordan collapse and he rushed over to make sure he was not choking.
Within moments a paramedic and a technician from the East of England Ambulance Service were at the scene and put up a screen while they carried out their life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation to get the man's blood pumping again.
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Mr Jordan spent four nights in the critical care unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital after his collapse at the game.
He said: "If it wasn't for those paramedics, I wouldn't be here now. What they did for me was superb and I owe them my life.
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"I have been going to Carrow Road for 29 years with my friends Peter and David and I was heading back to the car after the match.
"But I just blacked out and don't remember anything until I woke up in hospital. It turns out I had the full treatment, my artery had blocked and my heart had stopped beating." While in hospital Mr Jordan was visited by Huckerby and he said: "He was on hand when I collapsed and came to visit me in hospital. "For me, that shows what kind of a man he is and I was delighted he came to see me." Season-ticket holder Mr Jordan, who used to work as a transport manager before his retirement, said he would probably miss the next few Canaries matches, but he hopes to be back at Carrow Road before much longer. Former Canary winger Huckerby, who hung up his boots last year, paid tribute to the paramedics who resuscitated Mr Jordan. He said: "I was one of the one or two who got to him first and made sure he wasn't choking and we called the paramedics. They got there and they were the ones who saved his life. "I just made sure he didn't smack his head when he fell over and was breathing until the paramedics arrived. "Obviously I was worried about him because he looked like he was struggling, but thankfully we got there, made sure no one touched him and got a paramedic to him as quickly as we could. "That was about as much as we did and the ambulance people were the real ones who saved his life." He added he was pleased to hear the pensioner was making a good recovery.
Mr Jordan's daughter, Julie Garner, said: "I can't thank the paramedics enough. They resuscitated him and saved his life, working on him for about 15 minutes before getting him into the ambulance.
"At the hospital they had him on all sorts of machines to get his blood flowing again and the staff there were brilliant as well. When I first saw him there he looked so ill. I thought it was the last time I was going to see him.
"But it was lovely to have him home in time for Christmas. He came round mine on Christmas Day and, although he couldn't eat that much, he was there for Christmas dinner and we were really pleased that we still had him with us."
A spokeswoman from the East of England Ambulance Service said: "We are absolutely delighted Mr Jordan has made such a great recovery and could spend Christmas with his family.
"We want to say a very big thanks of course to our crew whose fantastic work ensured Mr Jordan is now where he should be: back home and looking forward to the new year. We wish him a healthy, happy 2010.