A defender for an EPL club has revealed what a defibrillator built into him looks like

Football news 21 feb 2024, 02:00
A defender for an EPL club has revealed what a defibrillator built into him looks like A defender for an EPL club has revealed what a defibrillator built into him looks like

Luton's central defender, Tom Lockyer, granted an interview during which he showcased to journalists the implanted defibrillator that monitors his heart function.

It is worth recalling that during the 17th round match of the Premier League against Bournemouth, with the score tied at 1-1, Lockyer collapsed unconscious on the field. This marked the second time in his career that he experienced cardiac arrest, lasting slightly over 2 minutes on this occasion. The match was ultimately abandoned, and a replay awaits the teams.

"This is my battle scar. My defibrillator is internal. There's a wire that runs across my heart and ascends to it in case it ever needs to intervene. It consistently monitors my heart rate, and if it exceeds certain parameters, it is designed to administer a shock. The battery lasts for approximately 10 years, so it only needs replacement once every decade. I hope I never need it, but it's here as a precaution", – Lockyer explained.

Manchester United midfielder Christian Eriksen also plays with a similar device, having survived a cardiac arrest during the Euro 2020 match against Finland.

Lockyer has been with Luton since the summer of 2020, transferring from Charlton. The 29-year-old defender has scored 7 goals in 117 matches.

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