Heart boy makes winning return in Bromham
Young footballer Quinton Barham made an emotional return to the pitch where he collapsed with a heart attack.
He was part of a Bradford on Avon U15 side who beat Bromham Youth 5-2 in a charity game on Sunday.
In February he collapsed on the same pitch during a league game. Paramedics fought to save him.
His remarkable recovery was sealed when he played for most of Sunday’s game after being given the all-clear by doctors.
After Sunday’s game he met some of the paramedics who had helped him.
Bromham Youth Football Club secretary Peter Wallis said: “It was a lovely afternoon and it was really good to see Quinton back. It was a very happy ending to what could have been a very sad occasion.”
Mr Wallis and all but one of the Bromham team who played on Sunday were there when Quinton collapsed.
“They were mightily relieved to see him and to see him look so well, what happened hit them quite hard to start with.
“It was a horrendous day and Quinton’s recovery has been remarkable. It was really good to see him back again, not just walking but playing football. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves and I like to think the two teams have got a bit of a bond after what happened.”
Doctors gave Quinton the all clear to return to competitive football in July after he underwent a successful heart bypass at the Bristol Children’s Hospital.
Quinton’s father Paul said: “He played for 75 minutes out of 80 and was fitter than he was before. There were no anxious feelings, he was just frustrated he didn’t score but he had a good game.”
Hundreds of spectators turned up and donations on the day reached £250, with Bradford on Avon Town Youth presenting a cheque for £100.
The £350 will go towards Bristol Children’s Hospital where Quinton stayed for a month after his collapse and underwent a heart bypass.
Bradford on Avon Town Youth chairman Nick Maw said: “We cannot thank Bromham enough for their help and hospitality back on that gloomy day. We have drawn a line under the incident, but the charity event will go on. We will do it prior to the start of each season.
“There will be many crunch games between the clubs over the years but there will always be a special bond between the two clubs.”
Waitrose presented Bromham Youth with a cheque for £350, through its Community Matters scheme, to go towards a portable defibrillator.
It was Bromham’s defibrillator, along with CPR administered on the pitch, that helped Quinton survive.
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