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Magpies’ club doctor receives special award

Newcastle United’s club doctor, Dr Paul Catterson, has received a special award for his role in saving the life of a former Premier League referee.

Paul (above, centre) was one of three medical professionals who rushed to the aid of retired match official and current referee’s assessor Eddie Wolstenholme after the 64-year-old suffered a heart attack ahead of the Magpies’ Premier League match at Burnley in November 2018.

After collapsing in the tunnel at Turf Moor around an hour before kick-off, Eddie was treated by Paul, Burnley’s Dr Simon Morris and Dr David White, before being rushed to a specialist cardiac unit in Blackpool.

Kick-off was delayed by 30 minutes following a "medical emergency"

Now, after recovering from heart bypass surgery, Eddie has been well enough to personally present the trio with an Exceptional Service Award on behalf of the Football Medicine & Performance Association.

Eddie said: “The doctors from Burnley FC and Newcastle United FC brought me back to life.

"I was out for a couple of minutes and the paramedics, Burnley FC and Newcastle United FC were outstanding. The many football clubs and fans were so supportive.

Eddie Wolstenholme speaks at the award ceremony

"What people don't understand is that Simon, Paul and Dave, and both clubs on regular occasions, got in touch with me.

"Rafael Benítez did so the day before my operation and Sean Dyche on a regular basis.

"I feel very fortunate to be here today. It's thanks to Burnley FC and Newcastle United FC that I'm still here to tell the tale".

Everyone at Newcastle United is delighted to see Eddie recovering so well. We send our best to him and his family.

"It's thanks to Burnley FC and Newcastle United FC that I'm still here to tell the tale."

Eddie Wolstenholme

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