Quinton Barham has finally returned to his Trowbridge home after a month’s stay at Bristol Children’s Hospital following his cardiac arrest.

Quinton, 13, of Hyde Road, collapsed while playing for Bradford Town Youth Football Club's under 14 team in a cup tie at Bromham on February 3.

But doctors passed the Clarendon Academy pupil fit yesterday and he returned home last night, only four days after having an operation to remove fluid from his heart.

His father, Paul Barham, 48, also returned home for the first time in a month, as he has been staying at Ronald McDonald House, a charity which provides accommodation for parents of sick children.

Mr Barham said: “There is no place like your own home. It’s a relief and we are glad to have him back.

“Doctors are very happy with him, but we will have to go back for check-ups, which will be an ongoing thing.”

Quinton’s favourite meal, roast lamb, was cooked for his arrival and the first thing he plans on doing is getting a haircut.

“He seems to be fine and managing to go up the stairs, but he the tiredness is the main thing. He’s been on his back for nearly a month.

“He’s back in his own bed and has had a couple of friends to visit but just has to take it slow.

Mr Barham said the family had been overwhelmed by the support and once things had settled down, they would be involved in fundraising and first aid training.