Tony Butterfield survives heart attack in Charity game

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  1. rhugh89

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    Newcastle Knights great Tony Butterfield survives heart attack in Charity game



    Nick Walshaw, The Daily Telegraph
    March 31, 2019 6:19pm




    Newcastle great Tony Butterfield had to be revived by a defibrillator — "and a couple of angels" — after suffering a major heart attack in an Old Boys Oz Tag game on Saturday.

    Speaking with The Daily Telegraph from John Hunter hospital, Butterfield admits he "dodged a bullet" after going into cardiac arrest in the dressing rooms of No. 2 Sportsground following a charity match to raise funds for the Mark Hughes Foundation.

    The 1997 premiership hero, now aged 53, recalled singing the Knights team song before twice throwing up and then, soon after, going unconscious.

    The retired prop said he owed his life to the small group of "angels" who worked so hard to revive him via CPR — including two paramedics, doctor Colinda Holmes and registered nurse Rachael Paton, who was in the crowd as the partner of fellow retired Knight, Daniel Abraham.

    "Apparently I went into cardiac arrest and all the boys were all freaking out," Butterfield said late Sunday from his hospital bed.

    "I remember being in the sheds after the games talking, then having a couple of big spews and that was it.

    "I was fully conscious right up until the point I wasn't.

    "Everything just went dark.

    "(Laughs) It was like what Kerry Packer said about going to the other side: There's nothing there.

    "I'm told they had to use the defibrillator … they zapped me once and I came back."

    Suffering a small blockage to his heart, Butterfield was then rushed to emergency and underwent surgery to have a stent put in. He will now remain in hospital for another three or four days.

    Organised by the Mark Hughes Foundation, the Oz-Tag game was played as a curtain-raiser to the third annual Newcastle All Stars clash, involving players from the local first grade competition.

    Dr Holmes, who was on sidelines for said clash, went immediately into the sheds when Butterfield started vomiting. Paramedics were then called and had arrived before the retired prop suffered his heart attack.

    Hughes was among a small group of players still in the sheds when his old teammate was being revived.

    "Absolutely horrific," he said. "We were in the sheds after the game and Buttsy just went white.

    "I couldn't tell you how long he was out for — I lost track with everything that was going on — but it felt like the longest time.

    "There was a point there I actually felt we'd lost him.

    "I know it's athletes who are regarded by so many as heroes but Saturday afternoon I saw four or so real heroes in action.

    "And I know Buttsy agrees.

    "We're all just so grateful we can now talk about him coming through rather than something far worse."

    Butterfield continued: "I really dodged a bullet.

    "The doctors have actually said that, if not Saturday, it would've happened some time down the track.

    "It could've happened when I was at home mowing the lawn when there were no medical staff around. I'm just thanking God I had the angels there that helped.

    "I've got a beautiful wife, wonderful kids … I'm just very grateful."


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  2. Ethan

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    Good luck Tony hope all is good for you now , the biggest thing is to talk to people about how your feeling mentally because after a heart attack most people go into there shell because they are now scared they are going to die even after getting the stent .
    You worry that if you do anything you will die its a very hard situation the doctors tell your family to keep an eye on you because your scared , they tell the family you wont be the same for some time and its true .
    At first its hard to wrap your head around the fact you should be dead and every day you think is today the day im going to die .
    Good luck mate and talking to someone close to you is the go ...
     
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    Kurriboy Sean Rudder

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    All the best to him. Warrior for the club.

    Hope he makes a full recovery.
     
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    Ethan Steve Simpson

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    Its a funny thing getting a stent in , your awake when they go into your heart through your wrist now and your watching them do it on monitors. You feel normal pretty much straight away and I had mine done at 6pm and was eating lunch at my local club at 12.30pm the next day.
     
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    Kurriboy Sean Rudder

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    Amazing stuff.

    How long ago was yours done?

    Hopefully no further issues for you.
     
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    3 years ago now and yeah thanks mate all good now but have to take so many tablets I rattle when I walk lol .
     
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