As requested, here is a chronological account following the awful and serious incident of BTYFC U14s player Quinn Barham who is in recovery following a heart attack whilst playing for Bradford Town Youth FC. Any well wishing will be communicated and appreciated in advance at this time.
I have just spoken to Paul (Quinn’s Dad) who has told me that Quinn has had a heart attack and is in intensive care. His condition is critical. He will phone me tomorrow and I will pass on any news to you as soon as I get it.
Just to confirm our conversation on the phone this afternoon:
· Quinn Barham came off the pitch shortly after the start of the second half complaining of feeling dizzy. Within a few minutes it became apparent that he was struggling. After an extraordinary response from paramedics and air ambulance Quinn left for Bristol’s Children’s Hospital. He had had a cardiac arrest and with assistance his heart was beating and he was breathing also with assistance. He was described as stable but critically ill.
· Paul and Debs (Quinn’s Dad and Mum) are with him at the Bristol’s Children’s Hospital and will keep me informed of Quinn’s progress. I will keep you and club officials informed.
· I’d like every parent to give their son the same message.
· No social media input on this please.
This has obviously been a shocking afternoon for all and many thanks to so many of you who saw what needed to be done and did it!
As team manager let me know if you think your son needs more support in any way at all.
Quinn is still in intensive care - on life support but stable. They have identified the problem. The coronary artery feeding the heart tissue is in the wrong place - it is between two valves. During exercise these valves work hard and effectively crush the artery in the middle so starving the heart muscle of oxygen - leading to a heart attack.
Quinn still has a very long way to go. Your prayers are still needed for Quinn and family.
I will continue to keep you updated as and when I get news. Please share this with the boys.
Quinn is still in the same condition. They took off the muscle relaxant this morning for a short time and Quinn coughed. He has had a brain scan to establish the level of brain activity and Paul and Debs will get the results of that this afternoon. If brain activity is positive they will operate on Quinn's heart tomorrow to sort out the crushed artery.
This morning Quinn has had his body temp brought up to normal and sedation has been switched off. They are hoping that within the next couple of hours Quinn will wake up. Assessments will then be made about the functioning of the brain.
All being well - they will operate in the next couple of days.
Quinn had a really good night last. The level of assistance has been reduced again. Because they feel he is stronger he had an MRI brain scan this morning - the results of which will be discussed with Paul & Deb tomorrow morning. Again, with a positive outcome here they will want to move swiftly on with bypass surgery.
Paul was really pleased to hear of our get-together last night. Thank you for attending - I think it was a really useful exercise for us all - boys and parents.
MRI scan shows no problem with brain activity. Bypass surgery booked in for tomorrow.
Just heard from Paul- operation great success! They are going to keep Quin under for a couple of days, then will bring him round.
More excellent news.
Quinn has come round. He has given thumbs up, high fives and shown recognition of all the family with him. Tubes will soon start to be removed and sedation reduced.
To witness Paul's elation was lovely. There is a real sense that Quinn is now on a road to full recovery - incredible to think of his condition a week ago.
Thank you for all those prayers.
Just got back from the BRI where I met up with Quinn looking good, siting-up and smiling!
A cock-a-hoop Paul told me the doctors describe Quinn's recovery as nothing short of miraculous!
Still pinching myself.
Quinn continues to make really good progress. He has been up out of bed, standing with assistance, sitting in a chair and eating toast and Mars bars! No doubt next time I speak to Paul he would have done 50 keepie-uppies!
One of positives to come out from this is that the Club have bought a defibrillator unit for the Rugby Club and intend rolling out units across all grounds where we play. The club will be providing training for coaches and any volunteer parents.
[Post Edited Sunday 17th of February 2013 08:11 PM]