The family of the woman whose life was saved by the Fylde Rugby Club medical team have expressed heartfelt thanks for their heroic efforts.
The Fylde medical team, scrum half Greg Nicholls, and physios Greg Littlerand Megan Stewart, have earned nationwide praise after rushing to the aid of 65-year-old Wilma Hill, who collapsed at Preston railway station.
The trio were part of the Fylde squad making the journey to London for a match at Richmond when they gave the stricken woman CPR and used a defibrillator to shock her before paramedics arrived.
Mrs Hill was later take to Lancaster Royal Infirmary in her home city, where she continues to be treated. She had been due to travel to Malta to see members of her family when she collapsed.
Writing to Fylde, her son Darren, speaking on behalf help of the whole family, said: “Greg Nicholls was the man, as well as others, who saved my mum’s life at Preston train station. She is still in a bad condition and still on life support, but without your help she would not be with us.
“She was on her way to see her daughter in Malta for two weeks’ away. I cannot thank you enough and I am for ever in your debt.”
Coincidentally Dr Nicholls, the Fylde first team scrum-half, works at the hospital where Mrs Hill is being treated and has visited her personally to check on any progress.
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.”