Charlie Wyke’s emotional update leaving hospital after cardiac arrest in Wigan training


Charlie Wyke posted an update following his release from hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest while training for Wigan.

Wyke has given credit to Wigan manager Leam Richardson who saved his life after Richardson’s and Jonathan Tobin’s stabilization.

The ICD has been fitted to the 28-year old.

He said: “First and foremost, I just want to stress my sincere appreciation to the Club’s medical staff and the NHS staff who have cared for me after I was taken into hospital last week.

“I want to specifically mention Dr. Rob Cooper, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, for all he did for me in the past week.

GILLINGHAM, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: Charlie Wyke of Wigan Athletic reacts during the Sky Bet League One match between Gillingham and Wigan Athletic at MEMS Priestfield Stadium on October 02, 2021 in Gillingham, England. (Photo by Jacques Feeney/Getty Images)
Wyke provided an emotional update

“I feel it’s important to tell my story to our supporters and to the wider public, because my life has been saved by the actions of the gaffer and the club doctor Jonathan Tobin, and my story may well save another life.

“As you are aware, I collapsed during training on Monday.

“I suffered a cardiac arrest and required CPR, and I am told it was only the quick response of the gaffer to initiate the resuscitation process and then the continuation from the Doc that saved my life.

“I will be forever grateful that due to their actions – and those of my teammates and other staff – I am here to talk to about the experience.

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Leam Richardson, manager of Wigan Athletic, looks on during the Emirates FA Cup First Round Replay match between Solihull Moors and Wigan Athletic at Damson Park on November 16, 2021 in Solihull, England.
Wyke thanked Leam Richson for his prompt reactions

“Thankfully, just a few weeks ago, the training ground staff had received CPR training.

“Which has clearly proven to be life-saving with the way in which the gaffer reacted to my collapse and initiated the CPR on the training pitch.

“That sends a message about how important it is for coaches and staff that they have the right training.

“The support from my teammates over the last few days has been incredible.

A welcome sign outside the DW Stadium, home of Wigan Athletic FC and Wigan Warriors RLFC on July 6, 2020 in Wigan, United Kingdom.
Wigan staff just completed their CPR training

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“The gesture to celebrate with my shirt at Plymouth just goes to show what a top group of lads we have here at Wigan.

“I’ve heard the fans singing my name when I’ve been watching the games from hospital too, which has been amazing to hear.

“I’m really thankful for that support.

“I have received thousands of messages from supporters of all of the clubs I have played for, the wider football community and beyond, and the well-wishes have meant the world to me and my family.

Wigan Athletic players warm up wearing number 9 shirts after Charlie Wyke of Wigan Athletic collapsed during training earlier in the week during the Sky Bet League One match between Plymouth Argyle and Wigan Athletic at Home Park on November 27, 2021 in Plymouth, England.
Wigan players wore shirts to support their teammate

“It was a real boost for me to see the photo of my former teammates at Sunderland wishing me well – a class touch from a great set of lads.

“I’m looking forward to going home to my son, partner and friends and family for the next few days.

“I can’t wait to get back to the training ground next week to see the lads, where I will start some light training that begins the process of hopefully being able to get back to full training with the team next year.

“Thank you for all of the support. Charlie.”