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Thursday, 7 June 2012

"Lucky Escape"

Jersey strong man’s heart stops during competition

Former Jersey shotputter Jamie Stevenson
Former Jersey shotputter Jamie Stevenson

FORMER Jersey shotputter Jamie Stevenson says he is lucky to be alive after his heart stopped beating for five minutes during a cardiac arrest at a strongman competition in the UK.

While defending his crown at the Junior Strongest Man event in Colchester, the young Jerseyman suffered a cardiac arrest and seizure and was rescued by World Champion Powerlifter David ‘Bulldog’ Beattie and TV presenter Colin Bryce.

In a message posted on a body-building forum, the 22-year-old thanked friends for their support and said that his collapse had been ‘very upsetting’ for everyone watching.

And in a subsequent post on Facebook he confirmed that he was now at home in Leicester, having been given the ‘all-clear’ by doctors at Broomfield Hospital Chelmsford.

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