Inspiring individual to lead Town and Peterborough out on Saturday
Saturday's Community Champion is Dean Lushington who is lucky to be alive after collapsing on the practice pitch at Portman Road a few months ago.
The keen runner and Town fan was competing in the Great East Run on 22 September 2019, his first half marathon, with the finish at the home of Blues.
Dean crossed the line in one hour and 57 minutes, just inside his two hour target. When he stopped his watch to record his time, things took a turn for the worst and nearly cost him his life.
“I remember crossing the finish line, stopping my watch and grabbing my phone but then I just collapsed,” the season ticket holder for 15 years told the matchday programme.
“I can’t remember landing. I blacked out. Luckily, I landed at the feet of the amazing first-aiders.”
Dean suffered a cardiac arrest and admits if he didn’t have immediate first aid attention it could have been fatal.
“They brought me back to life. I was dead for three minutes,” he explained.
“They said if I hadn’t landed at their feet it could’ve been so different, potentially even fatal. I am so grateful to them.”
Doctors at the Royal Papworth Hospital, the UK’s leading heart specialist unit, are still trying to work out what exactly happened to Dean and he continues to be checked over once a month.
“I’ve had what they call an ‘ICD’ fitted, which is a mini defibrillator. This monitors my heart and can detect any irregular pattern,” he added.
“I’m backwards and forwards to Papworth for checks still, but I feel fine.”
Remarkably Dean wants to continue running and is keen to do so to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation.
“I am waiting to have a final check with the doctors at Papworth, where I’ll run on a treadmill and put my heart under stress and then hopefully they’ll give me the go ahead to get back to running," he said.
“I will be running for the British Heart Foundation when I next compete. This means a lot to me now after what happened.
“I’ve been back for a few games here but Saturday will be the first time I’ve been on the practice pitch since the incident. It’ll be surreal – I kind of want to walk over the exact spot where I collapsed.”
You can catch Dean speaking to Rob Chandler pitchside at approximately 2.40pm Saturday afternoon.