Rotherham dad saved after pitch collapse

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A dad is recovering in hospital after collapsing from a heart attack during a football match in Sheffield.

Tair Bashir, aged 42, was playing with his regular amateur team at Lucozade Powerleague in Attercliffe when he suddenly felt unwell and went into cardiac arrest on the touchline.

But the IT consultant was saved by three local GPs who play for the same team – and following treatment at the Northern General Hospital in Fir Vale, he is on the mend.

Tair’s pal Ripon Ahmed, 34, a doctor from Sharrow, said the incident was ‘a complete shock’.

“He’s had a little bit of asthma but never any cardiac problems before. We’re hoping with time he will get back to full health.”

Tair, from Clifton, Rotherham, suffered his heart attack at around 10pm during a game on Friday.

“Tair can’t remember anything about what happened, but he started saying his chest hurt a bit so went to the side of the pitch,” said Ripon.

“One of the doctors looked at him and realised he was about to pass out and that he wasn’t breathing. His heart had stopped and he’d started going blue.”

Ripon said the GPs – Merban Ghani, Ashraf Akrin and Amir Aszal – performed CPR until the ambulance arrived.

“It’s quite amazing, what they did – they saved their friend’s life.”

At hospital, Tair underwent a coronary angioplasty to unblock a vital blood vessel.

“I imagine he’ll be in hospital for another couple of days at least,” added Ripon, who was meant to play on Friday but had to cancel.

“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.”

The drama comes just months after 19-year-old Ryan Zon, from Aston, collapsed from a cardiac arrest during a football match and - similarly to Tair - was revived by an opposition team of medics.