EXCLUSIVE: Amateur footballer saves pal’s life with defibrillator after he collapses on the pitch

An amateur footballer saved the life of his teammate who collapsed after his heart stopped.

Nathan Haynes said seeing stars Fabrice Muamba and Christian Eriksen suffering cardiac arrests while playing spurred him into action.

The 26-year-old, who was on the sidelines nursing an injury, used a defibrillator to bring Scott Towers, 23, back to life.

Merseyside firefighter Nathan, who is also a trained emergency care assistant, said: “I knew what a cardiac arrest was but seeing what happened to Fabrice Muamba, Christian Eriksen definitely helped identify it.

“I ran from the other side of the pitch as quick as I could to assess him then as he progressed into cardiac arrest and we lost his pulse.”

Scott was playing for Ashville Football Club against Ellesmere Rangers on Monday, August 29.

The club, who play at the Ray Parker stadium in Wallasey, were recently given a new defib by the FA.

Nathan, from Eastham, Wirral, added: “He wasn’t responsive so I started CPR and then the defibrillator was brought over and after two shocks we regained a pulse.”

Defender Scott, from Moreton, who was put into an induced coma, said doctors still don’t know what caused his cardiac arrest.

He added: “They found nothing wrong with my heart in hospital. I’ve had no health issues before.

“I can’t put it into words how much I’m thankful to everyone, especially Nathan. The doctors said to me one in 20 survive outside of hospital when they have a cardiac arrest.

“That’s why you can’t put a price on a defibrillator.”

Hero Nathan backed the Mirror’s campaign for defibrillators to be installed in all public buildings and said: “You never think it’s going to happen to you. If I didn’t have that defib, there’s a chance Scott wouldn’t be here.”