Spurs legend: heart attack would probably have killed me

11:53 20 November 2012

Steve Perryman

Steve Perryman

EMPICS Sport

Former Tottenham midfielder Steve Perryman says he would probably have died if he had suffered from his heart problem away from Exeter City’s ground.

The Exeter director of football, who made more than 650 appearances for Spurs between 1969 and 1986, needed emergency surgery after a torn aorta on the last day of last season.

He had emergency care at the ground before going to hospital in Exeter. His situation was similar to that of Bolton’s Fabrice Muamba, who himself survived after he collapsed on the White Hart Lane pitch during a game last season

“My wife and girls were in London at a christening, so if it had happened on Friday night, Saturday night or Sunday morning, I’d have been on my own, put myself to bed thinking ‘I’m not feeling great’ and that probably would have been the end,” Perryman said.

“Sixty per cent don’t make it to hospital, and of those that do, only five per cent make it.

“The odds were definitely against me and apparently 15 years ago you wouldn’t have had any chance to survive it.”

Perryman was in the stands for Exeter’s final game of last season against Sheffield United on May 6, when he started to feel unwell.

“I had a pain in my chest and I realised that it wasn’t indigestion, it was a devious pain, so I quickly knew I needed help.

“Andy Tilson (Exeter’s reserve team manager) was a few steps below me in the grandstand, so I tried to go down the steps to tap him on the shoulder, and when I did my legs gave way.

“He then ran down the touchline who got the doctor who got me rushed to hospital.”

Perryman spent two weeks in intensive care and more than a month in hospital.

Live Blog Transfer Window Aftermath

 

Latest Stories

The woman was attacked in a house in Hatherley Road, Walthamstow (Picture: Google Streetview)

A woman was stabbed in the neck and a six-year-old child injured after they were attacked at a house in Walthamstow in broad daylight.

Read more
07:49
Boris Johnson is angry his plans for a new airport in the Thames estuary have been rejected (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

Boris Johnson has reacted angrily to the decision by the Airports Commission to reject plans for ‘Boris Island’, accusing its author Sir Howard Davies of setting the debate on aviation expansion back by half a century.

Read more
We are not amused: The Queen gets snapped by a young well-wisher in Belfast (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid - Pool/Getty Images)

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is not a fan of smartphones, it has emerged.

Read more

Promotions

Advanced running and training technology for beginners up to elite athletes

If you’re thinking of adding running treadmill to your fitness routine, you’re on the right track! There are several advantages to running on a treadmill versus running outdoors.

Renault-Zoe

The Renault ZOE follows on from the introduction of the electric Fluence ZE and Twizy, but unlike the former, the ZOE was designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle.

When no simple way to find Real Ale was at hand, 4 Ale enthusiasts got together to allow anyone with a smart phone to find Real Ale no matter where they happened to be, this was the birth of the Perfect Pint app.

Match reports

TOP STORIES

Spurs Transfer News