Wigan praised by family after 'absolutely superb' response to heart attack victim

16 May 2011 12:33
ShareThe family of an 83 year-old Wigan fan have praised the club for its 'absolutely superb' response after he suffered a potentially fatal heart attack during the epic victory against West Ham United at the DW Stadium.

George Owen, a season ticket holder from Pemberton and life long fan of the Latics, collapsed on the East Stand concourse minutes before the end of the game, and paramedics were on the scene instantly to resuscitate him and rush him to Wigan Infirmary. His family have described his condition as 'comfortable'.

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Mr Owen has a long association with the club; as well as being a supporter since early non-league days, he worked with the club in the Springfield Park era in his role as Chief Electrical Engineer at Heinz.

His daughter Lynn said she was very grateful to the club for its support.

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'The reaction was absolutely superb,' she said. 'The medical team and stewards did a fantastic job and I would like to say, on behalf of my dad, and all the family, just how thankful we are for what they did.'

Jonathan Jackson, Wigan Athletic chief executive, said: 'The medical team and the stewards are trained to deal with emergencies such as these and they did a first class job. All our best wishes go to George for a speedy recovery and we hope to see him again at the DW Stadium next season.'

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Source: Daily_Mail