A paramedic who was one of the first medical staff to treat Fabrice Muamba after he collapsed and stopped breathing has said it was a ‘privilege’ to meet him again.
Pete Fisher, who is based in Edmonton, was off-duty from the London Ambulance Service but working as part of Tottenham Hotspur’s pitch side rescue team at the match with Bolton Wanderers in March.
He met with him for the first time at the recording of the BBC’s 999 Awards programme, which was broadcast on Thursday night (16 August).
Pete, who was among the medical team to receive a special award from Fabrice for their actions in saving his life, attended the ceremony on behalf of all the ambulance staff involved on the day of the incident.
They included London Ambulance Service colleagues who were on duty in the stadium and carried out the ambulance journey to hospital.
Pete, pictured holding the award, said: “It was a privilege to meet Fabrice again. It was a magnificent team effort on the day to save his life, and I believe that it wasn’t for the training we received from the Service then none of this would have happened.”
Fabrice, who has this week announced his retirement from professional football, said of all the people who treated him: “They did an unbelievable job. They never gave up on me and they never stopped treating me. I thank every one of them every single day.
“I truly carry them in my heart everywhere I go. I told them they are special people – those are my heroes.”
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