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Thanks Received from Latics Fan

1 January 2016

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A letter has been received from Oldham Athletic fan Melvin Kenyon, who has thanked those who helped save his life when he collapsed while watching his team at the Proact in mid-November.

Melvin explains that he suffered a cardiac arrest before the match kicked off, adding that his life hung in the balance for several hours.

He spent nearly four weeks in hospital, with the first few days in the intensive care unit at Chesterfield Royal Hospital before being transferred to Northern General Hospital.

Melvin says: "I am only alive because of a massive amount of luck (I really was in the right place at the right time) and the actions and teamwork of a group of people, almost all of them nameless to me, who worked together on that afternoon and saved my life."

As well as a couple of Oldham fans - an off-duty paramedic and an off-duty doctor - who performed CPR on him for around 40 minutes, Melvin has expressed his gratitude to others who came to his rescue. "I want to thank the Chesterfield club doctor who, I am told, co-ordinated the operation," he says.

"Then I want to thank the paramedic crew of the East Midlands Ambulance Service who also worked to resuscitate me. I am grateful too to the St John's Ambulance volunteers who assisted in the process as well as the Chesterfield FC stewards who provided some dignity during the resuscitation by screening the process from the spectators. I am told too that two policemen who had travelled with the Oldham fans also provided 'fantastic' support.

"Finally, I want to thank the fans from both clubs whose concern was evident from social media and whose collective prayers doubtless helped me to pull through. It goes without saying that my thanks also go to the many NHS staff in Chesterfield and Sheffield who gave me exemplary care.

"I owe everything to all these people and I will forever think fondly of the Proact Stadium and the highly professional and dedicated people who came together to save my life that day. I cannot thank them enough."

Spireites chief executive Chris Turner, who received the letter, said: "I am delighted to hear that Melvin has recovered and is now at home. It was good of him to get in touch to thank those whose actions saved his life. On behalf of the club, I would like to wish Melvin good health and happiness in 2016."

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