Tom Lockyer discharged after Luton captain suffered cardiac arrest

Tom Lockyer fitted with implantable defibrillator device discharged from hospital after Luton captain suffered a cardiac arrest during Premier League clash with Bournemouth

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Luton Town captain Tom Lockyer has been discharged from hospital after being fitted with an ICD (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator) device after suffering a cardiac arrest during Saturday’s Premier League clash against Bournemouth. 

The club shared a statement updating supporters with the ‘encouraging’ news on Thursday afternoon following the player’s distressing collapse in Saturday’s tie, which was later abandoned. 

The missive went on to single out the quick-thinking actions of Bournemouth midfield Philip Billing, who was the first player to notice the mid-game incident, as well as Bournemouth’s medical staff.  

‘We are thankful to report that our captain Tom Lockyer has now begun a period of rehabilitation from the comfort of his own home after he was discharged from hospital on Wednesday,’ the statement read. 

‘This encouraging news follows a successful procedure that took place on Tuesday whereby Tom had an ICD (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator) device fitted to prevent a repeat of Saturday’s incident.

‘The Club, Tom and the Lockyer family would like to take this opportunity to repeat our collective heartfelt thanks to all at Bournemouth, their supporters, club officials and especially their medical staff and midfielder Philip Billing, who was the first to reach Tom on the pitch and summon assistance.

‘Supported by the actions of Bournemouth’s medical team and local paramedics, it was ultimately the protocols instilled and professional actions of our own medical staff that gave Tom this chance to recover and to whom we are thankful.

‘Naturally, the events that unfolded last weekend surprised and shocked everyone witnessing it. Together with Sporting Chance, via the Premier League, the Club is in the process of providing care for those who may be affected by any distress caused.

‘The clinical advice Tom and the Club has taken since the Championship play-off final has been conducted by the most renowned cardiologists, who have been involved at every step, along with a team of supporting multi-disciplinary consultants.

‘We can now confirm that the tests taken this week had revealed that the issue Tom experienced on Saturday was different to the atrial fibrillation he suffered in May.

‘Tom, his family and the Club would like to thank everyone in the football family who have sent messages of concern and love. The level of support has been overwhelming.

‘We’re so proud to have Locks as our captain and his leadership will continue from the sidelines where his courage will inspire his team-mates, colleagues, and supporters, starting on Saturday.

More to follow.  

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