Fabrice Muamba heart attack: Doctor who raced from stands to pitch works in Havering’s hospital trust

PUBLISHED: 11:18 20 March 2012 | UPDATED: 11:39 20 March 2012

Dr Andrew Deaner

Dr Andrew Deaner


The doctor who ran to Bolton footballer Fabrice Muamba’s aid after he collapsed on the pitch during an FA Cup match on Saturday works at Romford’s hospital trust.

Dr Andrew Deaner graduated from the Leeds University School of Medicine in 1987 and now works at King George Hospital, Barley Lane, Goodmayes, which is part of the Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust.

He treats patients with all types of cardiac disease, including those with coronary artery disease and people who have suffered angina, heart attack and cardiac arrest.

Dr Deaner is understood to have been allowed on to the pitch at White Hart Lane to help Fabrice, whose heart reportedly stop beating unaided for two hours.

He has also been part of the team overseeing his treatment at the London Chest since his arrival there.

According to a joint statement from Bolton and the hospital, Fabrice has been “able to recognise family members and respond to questions appropriately”,

Dr Deaner is a Spurs fan who has been heavily involved in the training of junior doctors and is chair of the Specialist Training Committee in General Medicine for the north Thames region and a member of the British Cardiovascular Society and the British Cardiovascular Intervention Society.

Dr Deaner also holds the post of secretary of the Cardiology Council of the Royal Society of Medicine.

As well as his position at the NHS London Chest Hospital, Dr Deaner is a consultant cardiologist at Spire Roding and Spire Hartswood private hospitals and is the clinical lead in cardiology and clinical director for acute medicine at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, which is his main place of work.

In his personal profile for Spire, Dr Deaner writes: “I was born and brought up in south west Essex.

“I am married with three teenage children, and spend much of my spare time cycling on a Colnago C50 road bike.

“Amongst numerous cycling achievements, I have successfully ridden an amateur stage of the Tour De France on six occasions and have completed the ultra-long distance Paris-Brest-Paris cycle event on two occasions.

“My other interests include travel and the theatre.”

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