Miracle footballer Mark Moore back home after pitch collapse
"MIRACLE" striker Mark Moore is back home but will never play football again.
Doctors do not know for certain what caused his heart to stop during an away game with Longlevens AFC last month.
But on Friday surgeons at Bristol Royal Infirmary implanted a defibrillator into his chest which will shock it back into action if it happens again.
The 27-year-old was discharged on Saturday afternoon and went straight to Longlevens to watch his teammates play.
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Speaking yesterday from his Longford Mews home he said: "I'm gutted I can't play again.
"I had just been made captain and the team had been promoted."
But the former Elmbridge and Chosen Hill pupil said he felt "lucky to be alive" and still plans to be involved with the club.
He said: "I'm overwhelmed at how amazing everyone down there has been and how many messages of support I've received.
"It's been hundreds."
He has even received a letter from football supremo Sir Alex Ferguson telling him to "keep his chin up".
A campaign run by the club has raised more than £2,000 and Mark is backing an idea to buy a defibrillator for Longlevens grounds.
He said: "I definitely think every sports club should have them.
"I was just lucky and if I had been anywhere else I would have been dead."
He has no memory of his collapse during which his heart stopped for 30 minutes.
Off duty paramedics playing on the neighbouring pitch happened to have a defibrillator with them and shocked him eight times to resuscitate him.
Mark said: "I just want to say a big thank you to them and the hospital staff and everyone who has helped me."
Doctors said his collapse was not caused by playing football but he cannot do any contact sports because the wires running into his heart could be dislodged.
Mark said: "It might never stop again but it's scary that I could just be sitting here and it could just go."
Mum Pam said: "I feel incredibly lucky to still have him.
"I honestly thought he was going to die."