Fylde Rugby stars resuscitate collapsed woman

Preston Train Station
Preston Train Station

Fylde Rugby Club scrum half Greg Nicholls played a blinder – when he brought a woman back to life at Preston Train Station.

The former Premiership star sprang into action on a railway station platform when the woman, who was due to board the same train as him, collapsed.

Greg Littler

Greg Littler

She had stopped breathing when Greg responded to a plea for help from Virgin trains staff.

The drama took place as the Fylde side waited for their train to head to their National League One match against Richmond on Saturday.

Greg said:”The woman had collapsed and was unresponsive. She had no pulse and was not breathing.”

“With the help of our club physios I started cardiac massage.

It’s lucky we had all our equipment there when it happened

Fylde physio Greg Littler

“Fortunately there was a defibrulator machine on the station wall.”

“This meant we could give her a couple of shocks before the paramedics arrived.”

“I continued CPR with the paramedics until she had a pulse.

“And then they took her to hospital.”

Greg Nicholls

Greg Nicholls

Greg, 32, was with the first team squad when the woman aged 65 is believed to have suffered a major heart problem at Preston station.

The former Bristol and London Welsh player used his skills as an A&E doctor with help from club physios Greg Littler and Megan Stewart to keep the woman alive.

Physio Greg added: “We were just waiting for the train when the lady collapsed.

“We take a lot of advanced medical equipment with us in case of anything happening on the pitch, so we were able to use it right there.

“We gave her oxygen and we attached the defibrillator to her and it advised us that there was something wrong and we could shock her.

“Seeing something like that, myself and Megan aren’t used to it but we do have medical experience.

“It was great to have Greg who is a doctor there.

“By the time the paramedics arrived the lady was in a much better condition than when she collapsed.

“It’s lucky we had all our equipment there when it happened.”

The lifesavers stayed on the platform until paramedics arrived, following the rest of the team down on a later train.

Virgin Trains has posted their thanks to the player and colleagues stating: “Thanks for your unbelievable efforts.Lost without you.”

The woman was described as in a serious condition in Royal Preston Hospital.

Fylde coach Paul Arnold said:”Greg kept the woman alive until the paramedics arrived.

“He combines work in Accident and Emergency with being a semi-pro rugby player –she could not have been in safer hands and we wish her well.”