My life-saving pals and Vinnie Jones
Alan Linton collapsed in cardiac arrest on a golf course
earlier this year. Here he tells his incredible story of life after
Monday 19 November, 2012
On February 5, 2012, while out playing golf
with my three mates, I had a sudden cardiac
I will always remember that day. Mikey, Brian
and I drove over the hill to pick up Paul on route to the golf
course. We stopped for a cuppa at Paul's and I remember thinking it
was far too frosty to play golf.
Thank god we all decided to play together
because I firmly believe if I wasn't with those guys I wouldn’t be
alive today - they were unbelievable.
As I was walking off the fifth green, after
missing a silly putt, I suddenly felt very dizzy. As I rolled
onto my back Brian gave me a playful kick telling me to get up. But
when he realised I wasn't messing about the boys jumped into
action; Paul started CPR straight away, Mikey
cleared my airways and Brian called 999. Paul’s only experience in
CPR was watching the Hands-only CPR advert the week before,
starring Vinnie Jones.
It took Gordon, a paramedic, about 10 minutes to arrive
followed shortly afterwards by another paramedic, Alan McIntyre.
They worked on me for another 20 minutes or so until the
helicopter arrived. I was then airlifted to Ninewells
Hospital in Dundee.
I spent three weeks in hospital where I had an
internal defibrillator fitted before
being allowed home. To this day the doctors have been unable to
find out why I collapsed on the golf course but having the defib is
a great source of comfort in case something ever happened again. I
feel great now, probably better than before,
thanks to all the people who have helped me on my road to
Since leaving hospital I've been lucky enough
to have been asked to do promotional work for the British Heart
Foundation. On one of these occasions I was given a message from
Vinnie Jones, asking me and the boys for a round of golf in LA,
which brought a tear or two to the eye. I have
since met Vinnie and what a fantastic feeling it was to meet the
man that probably started the process of saving my life.
Now I can't wait for that game of