Healthy future at football site

Tair Bashir, third from left, with, left to right, Seemab Ali, Aftab Akram, Danyaal Sabir, Alex Carratt, from Powerleague, and Asif Akram.
Tair Bashir, third from left, with, left to right, Seemab Ali, Aftab Akram, Danyaal Sabir, Alex Carratt, from Powerleague, and Asif Akram.
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A dad who suffered a heart attack during a football match in Sheffield has returned to the scene for the unveiling of a heart defibrillator.

Tair Bashir was playing with his regular amateur team at Powerleague in Attercliffe when he suddenly felt unwell and went into cardiac arrest on the touchline last November.

But the 42-year-old IT consultant was saved by three local GPs on the same team.

And now bosses at Powerleague have bought an automated debrillator, to ensure players are able to quickly revive anyone who suffers a heart attack in future.

Tair’s friend Ripon Ahmed, a doctor from Sharrow, said he was pleased the device was now on offer and that other businesses should take similar measures.

He said: “Hopefully it will encourage other sports and community facilities to follow suit.

“Some community organisations might even be able to get it subsidised by the British Heart Foundation.”

The GPs – Mehrban Ghani, Ashraf Akrin and Amir Aszal – performed CPR on Tair until the ambulance arrived.

The father-of-two, from Clifton, Rotherham, later underwent a coronary angioplasty in hospital to unblock a vital blood vessel.

Ripon said his friend had made a good recovery.

Before his collapse he had never experienced cardiac problems, only mild asthma.

Ripon said: “I suppose it points out the need to have defibrillators at gyms and sport venues.

“They don’t cost a huge amount of money and any lay person can use one.

“The sooner you can treat someone the better the prognosis.”