Player left in intensive care

PUBLISHED: 16:08 14 December 2007 | UPDATED: 21:13 26 October 2009

Tegana James

Tegana James

A FOOTBALLER was left in intensive care after a blow to his windpipe caused his heart to stop during a match. Tegana James, who is on loan to Potters Bar Town from St Albans City, was resuscitated by club staff as his heart stopped three times before para

A FOOTBALLER was left in intensive care after a blow to his windpipe caused his heart to stop during a match.

Tegana James, who is on loan to Potters Bar Town from St Albans City, was resuscitated by club staff as his heart stopped three times before paramedics arrived.

The 19-year-old, who is at the Oaklands College Academy, was playing for the Scholars in their Middlesex Senior Cup tie against Uxbridge.

Tegana, a former Stanborough School pupil, had scored in the match on Tuesday, which was abandoned by the referee after the incident on 75 minutes.

Potters Bar were leading 2-0.

An ambulance crew rushed him to Barnet General Hospital where he was kept in intensive care for 24 hours.

Tegana came out of hospital on Thursday and is now recovering at home.

He said: "I woke up on Wednesday morning about 11am aching in every place you can feel pain.

"My head was hurting and I was on drips and an oxygen mask.

"It was scary but I don't remember anything of the incident."

Tegana said: "We have a pre-match meal at 4.30pm and that is the last thing I remember. I was told I scored the second goal.

"I am a bit dizzy now but I feel good. I just want to start playing football again.

"I am a footballer and I want to play football. To be out for a few months is a blow."

Club chairman Peter Waller added: "Tegana looked a bit groggy when he came out of hospital. He is on the mend but has to go back for another brain scan.

"His heart stopped three times they had to resuscitate him three times and he had fits every time they resuscitated him.

"We are all upset by it. Players get caught by arms and sometimes break legs but I have never experienced something this serious.

"I don't want to see anything that like that happen ever again."

# SPECIAL praise has been heaped upon two club staff who helped save Tegana's life.

Physio Kevin Head and trained nurse Cathy McCaffrey were on hand to resuscitate the young forward, as were some Uxbridge staff.

Tegana said: "I can't thank them enough for saving me. I can't remember what happened but from what I have been told they hit the life back into me.

"They could have given up but they didn't."

Chairman Peter Waller said: "I am full of praise for the two of them who pulled him round.

"It proves how important it is that people learn to train in these things when incidents like this happen."

A Town player, who wished not to be named, said: "Our physio saved his life. If Kevin was not there I don't know what would have happened.

"None of us have ever seen anything like that before. When it happens to one of your team-mates it's not right.

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