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Tom Lockyer: Luton Town captain will thank doctors who saved his life at Bournemouth

Luton TownIt is Tom Lockyer will attend his team's match at Bournemouth to thank the doctors who saved his life after he suffered a cardiac arrest on site.

Lockyer, 29 years old, collapsed on the ground when the clubs met on December 16.

The Premier League match has been abandoned, with the rearranged match taking place on Wednesday at the Vitality Stadium.

“It will be emotional to go back and relive that experience, but we know we have to do it,” Luton manager Rob Edwards said on Tuesday.

Luton captain Lockyer has not played since his cardiac arrest, with the defender previously explaining how he is doing “technically dead” for almost three minutes.

He was hospitalized for five days and was then fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator.

On Wednesday, Lockyer will thank the medical team who saved his life before being introduced to the public at halftime.

There are also plans to applaud for a minute in tribute to the doctors who revived Lockyer.

“They are real heroes,” added Edwards, whose team sits 18th in the table, three points from safety.

“It’s just football and there are more important things, but what these guys did in the most pressured moment was incredible and they deserve all the attention and affection they are going to receive.

“It was a really difficult experience that we all went through. The bottom line now is that Locks is okay and the positive side is that some positive will have come out of this with more awareness about CPR and the importance of knowing what to do in these cases. emergency situations.”

“I’m happy to know he’s doing well.”

Bournemouth supporters raised more than £2,000 to provide four coaches for Luton supporters to make the 240-mile round trip from Bedfordshire to the south coast for the rearranged match.

Cherries boss Andoni Iraola said he was looking forward to seeing Lockyer.

“From the first seconds (after) it happened, everyone was very clear that the most important thing that mattered was that he recovered,” the Spaniard said.

“The most important thing is that he is doing much better. He has recovered well and I am happy to know that he is doing well.

“It would be amazing if he came and we could see him. I'm happy to know he's okay.”

Bournemouth are 11 points clear of the relegation zone and will be level on points with 12th place. Fulham with a victory.

The Dorset club has teamed up with the Cherries Trust and Talking Cherries, in a bid to raise awareness of heart health.

Representatives from Bournemouth Heart Club will be present around the stadium, offering information and advice on heart health and the services they offer locally.

“We want to make the game easier for everyone,” Gayle Hope of the Cherries Trust told BBC South Today.

“There's going to be a high level of anxiety and it's going to bring back memories of the day this happened. It's going to be basically the same crowd that was there that day.”

Mental health first aiders will also be present, to support people who may be experiencing anxiety that day.

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