Wigan Athletic Forward Charlie Wyke Reveals How Manager Leam Richardson’s Heroics Saved His Life

Charlie Wykes
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Wigan Athletic forward Charlie Wyke has thanked manager Leam Richardson for saving his life with essential CPR actions following his shock cardiac arrest during training earlier last month.

Charlie Wyke revealed in a public statement that it was the fast actions of Wigan Athletic manager Leam Richardson that allowed club doctor Jonathan Tobin to perform the essential CPR required to save his life following his cardiac arrest on November 22nd 2021.

“I am told it was only the quick response of the gaffer and then the continuation from the doc that saved my life,”

Wigan Athletic staff received essential CPR training only weeks before Wyke’s cardiac arrest, something the former Sunderland star believes is essential across football and hopes his story can help inspire and encourage across the footballing world.

“It has clearly proven to be life-saving with the way in which the gaffer reacted to my collapse and initiated the CPR on the training pitch,”

“I think that sends out a message of just how important it is that coaches and staff have that training.

Wyke would continue to discuss his experience, adding:

“The support from my team-mates over the last few days has been incredible,” Wyke said. “The gesture to celebrate with my shirt at Plymouth just goes to show what a top group of lads we have here at Wigan.

“I’ve heard the fans singing my name when I’ve been watching the games from hospital too, which has been amazing to hear – I’m really thankful for that support.”

Following their game against Plymouth, manager Richardson told BBC Sport he had endured one of the “hardest, toughest weeks” of his career.

“I thought I’d seen everything but you quickly realise you’ve only seen small parts of it,” the 42-year-old said.

“The lads have been really focused. I think what you can do in an abnormal situation is try to be as normal as possible and the lads have tried to do that.”

Wyke was discharged from the hospital 10 days after his cardiac arrest and has been fitted with a defibrillator to offer further support and protection from supplementary cardiac arrests that are common following initial episodes.

Hooked on Sport would like to wish Charlie Wyke the best on his continued recovery and pass on our thanks to the incredible work and training done by First Aid trainers around the UK and across the globe.

You can read Charlie Wyke’s statement in full here.