There’s an excellent article on the Newcastle website today about the talented Newcastle Doctor – Dr. Paul Catterson was one of three medical professionals who aided the referee’s 64-year-old assessor Eddie Wolstenholme.
This happened just before the game at Burnley happened in November last year and the game was delayed for 30 minutes after Wolstenholme suffered a heart attack in the runnel.
He suffered the heart attack about an hour before the game was due to start and was treated by Paul, Burnley’s Dr. Simon Morris, and Dr. David White.
Mr. Wolstenholme was then rushed to a specialist cardiac unit in Blackpool.
Dr. Paul Catterson is in the middle, and Mr. Eddie Wolstenholme is on the right
Eddie has recovered from heart bypass surgery, and he was on hand to present the three doctors with an Exceptional Service Award on behalf of the Football Medicine and Performance Association.
This is what Eddie said as reported on the Newcastle website today:
“The doctors from Burnley FC and Newcastle United FC brought me back to life.”
“I was out for a couple of minutes and the paramedics, Burnley FC, and Newcastle United FC were outstanding.”
“The many football clubs and fans were so supportive.”
“What people don’t understand is that Simon, Paul and Dave, and both clubs on regular occasions, got in touch with me.”
“Rafael Benítez did so the day before my operation and Sean Dyche on a regular basis.”
“I feel very fortunate to be here today. It’s thanks to Burnley FC and Newcastle United FC that I’m still here to tell the tale”.
Newcastle have said they are delighted that Eddie has made a good recovery and this reflects so well on Burnley FC and Newcastle United.
Mr. Eddie Wolstenholme thanks everybody involved at the ceremony
We always like to report on humane stories of courage – this is one of them.