Leyland doctor helped save football star’s life

Helped: Dr Jonathan Tobin
Helped: Dr Jonathan Tobin
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A Leyland doctor has been praised for his role helping to save a footballer’s life.

Dr Jonathan Tobin is the club doctor at Bolton Wanderers FC and last week battled on the pitch for 40 minutes to keep alive star player Fabrice Muamba.

The England U21 international had been playing for the Trotters in their televised FA Cup quarter-final game at Tottenham Hotspur on March 17.

Suddenly the midfielder collapsed on the pitch and it was a race against time for Dr Tobin and paramedics to keep the promising footballer alive.

Dr Tobin, who used to work part time as Preston North End’s doctor while also working at St Mary’s Health Centre in Penwortham, was among the first people on the scene as the football star suffered a cardiac arrest.

Dr Tobin also attended the London Chest Hospital, where critically ill Muamba is being given life saving treatment.

Speaking this week after visiting Muamba in hospital, Dr Tobin admitted the medical teams were under ‘pressure’ as thousands of fans watched on urging them to save the 23-year-old.

Dr Tobin described to the world’s media how he was shocked at was happening to a close friend out on a football pitch.

He talked of how it was not “somebody that’s gone down in the street or been brought into A&E”.

He added: “This is somebody that I know, I know his family. This is somebody I consider a friend, this is somebody I joke with on a daily basis.”

Dr Tobin says Muamba was given 15 electric shocks to try to rouse him and describe how he broke down in tears when the enormity of the situation finally hit him.

The club doctor says the “early signs of recovery” are continuing and he has spoken to Muamba to explain what happened to him.

He spoke of his relief when the midfielder eventually gripped his hand as he lay in his hospital bed.

“It was just incredible, I can’t describe it really,” he said.

Dr Tobin was first employed by the Bolton Wanderers back in 2008 by then manager Gary Megson.