Aston Villa fan reunited with 'angel who saved his life' after cardiac arrest at match

An Aston Villa fan has been reunited with the 'angel who saved his life' after a heart-warming picture of them together was shared online. Josh Moseley suffered a cardiac arrest at Villa Park and could have died if it wasn't for the quick-thinking actions of trainee paramedic Heidi Elliott.

Heidi, a season ticket holder in the Holte End, jumped over several rows of seats to get to the 24-year-old just before half-time in Villa's Europa Conference League semi-final first leg, against Olympiacos, on Thursday, May 2. She was able to provide CPR as paramedics rushed to the scene and used a defibrillator.

Josh was taken to Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital and later had a mini defibrillator fitted. Thankfully he was discharged eight-days later. Now the pair have met as Villa hosted Liverpool in the end-to-end 3-3 draw in the Premier League last night, Monday, May 13.

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Taking to X, formerly Twitter, Josh's dad Jason posted: "The moment you meet the angel who saved your life. One of our family now." He finished the sweet message with four heart emojis. The club also arranged for Heidi to visit their Bodymoor Heath training ground to meet the players and will fund her season ticket next season.

Jason also posted on X: "This is so fantastic and words can’t express our love for her. In light of Villa offer to pay for Heidi season ticket we will discuss with Heidi and choose a suitable charity for the money from the go fund to go to. See u later L2."

Speaking about the night she sprang into action, Heidi told BBC WM: "When I got to him he was already in cardiac arrest. Immediately I started CPR. There were a few fans around encouraging me to get him in the recovery position, but I recognised that it wasn’t necessary at the time.

"It was more important that we got the CPR started. I knew the paramedics would be on scene to start a defibrillator. To start with that CPR is really important. The defibrillator came and administered shocks to the patient and then the paramedics took over. When the professionals get there as such, continuous chest compressions was really important. Also in the area we were in the rescue press would have been difficult to deliver. It was more important just to do the CPR, it is the most important part of it.

"I think the main thing that I’d push from this whole experience is to encourage everyone to look at the British Heart Foundation. If people haven’t had the training, it’s a life-saving skill and you never know when you’ll need to use it."

Fans were urged to vacate the lower Holte End L2 block for a medical emergency
Fans were urged to vacate the lower Holte End L2 block for a medical emergency -Credit:Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images

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