Luton Town’s captain Tom Lockyer Collapses on the pitch as he suffers a Cardiac Arrest – Match Against Bournemouth abandoned
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Why did Tom Lockyer collapse? Seeing the Luton Town skipper, Tom Lockyer, collapse as a result of a cardiac arrest must’ve evoked bitter memories of Christian Eriksen’s incident. His collapse sent shockwaves throughout the football world and left us with nothing but hope for the Welshman to continue playing and entertaining the fans for more years to come. Let us take a look at how the events unfolded:
Match Summary: Bournemouth 1 – 1 Luton Town (Abandoned)
The incident had transpired around the hour mark and till then, the game was at a level pegging. Elijah Adebayo gave the visitors, Luton Town, an early lead with a goal coming in at the 3rd minute. As the second half resumed, it took the hosts close to 15 minutes to make it level, thanks to Dominic Solanke. The hosts dominated much of the game with 60% possession and 13 shots registered in contrast to Luton’s 3.
Why did Tom Lockyer collapse
The game had come to an indefinite halt at the 62nd minute as Tom Lockyer was seen collapsing on the pitch. The Medical team hastened their steps towards the scene and made sure immediate aid was provided. However, noting that the condition began exacerbating, he was rushed to the hospital.
This resulted in the game getting abandoned and all the players were requested to leave the pitch. A class act coming from Bournemouth fans needs to be highlighted where they had pierced the Vitality Stadium with Tom Lockyer Chants.
Updates on Tom Lockyer
As of recent, he is doing well and is said to be ‘stable’ according to Luton’s doctors. Their official website also provided an update on his current situation:
“Our medical staff have confirmed that the Hatters captain suffered cardiac arrest on the pitch, but was responsive by the time he was taken off on the stretcher.
He received further treatment inside the stadium, for which we once again thank the medical teams from both sides.
Tom was transferred to the hospital, where we can reassure supporters that he is stable and currently undergoing further tests with his family at his bedside.
We would like to thank everyone for their support, concern and loving messages for Locks.”
Second Cardiac Arrest This Year
This wasn’t the first time that the Hatters’ skipper fell victim to a Cardiac Arrest. A few months ago in a Championship play-off final against Coventry City, the Welshman had collapsed amidst the game. It was later reported that he had an abnormally fast heart rate due to a condition known as Atrial Fibrillation. To fix this, a surgical procedure was required. He took the initiative upon himself and confidently underwent the surgery. He was declared fit to continue and his contract with Luton Town was renewed.
In recalling that incident on his Instagram, he had the following to say:
“Well not quite where I thought I’d be celebrating at the final whistle!”
“A much scarier moment for everyone else than myself I am sure!”