Tom Lockyer discharged after Luton captain suffered cardiac arrest

Tom Lockyer returns home after being discharged from hospital following his cardiac arrest – with Luton’s captain now fitted with an implantable defibrillator device after collapsing at Bournemouth

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Luton Town captain Tom Lockyer has been discharged from hospital after being fitted with an ICD (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator) device after suffering a cardiac arrest during Saturday’s Premier League clash against Bournemouth. 

The club shared a statement updating supporters with the ‘encouraging’ news on Thursday afternoon following the player’s distressing collapse in the 59th minute of Saturday’s tie, which was later abandoned. 

The missive went on to single out the quick-thinking actions of Bournemouth midfield Philip Billing, who was the first player to notice the mid-game incident, as well as Bournemouth’s medical staff.  

‘We are thankful to report that our captain Tom Lockyer has now begun a period of rehabilitation from the comfort of his own home after he was discharged from hospital on Wednesday,’ the statement read. 

‘This encouraging news follows a successful procedure that took place on Tuesday whereby Tom had an ICD (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator) device fitted to prevent a repeat of Saturday’s incident.

Tom Lockyer suffered a cardiac arrest during Luton’s Premier League tie with Bournemouth

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‘The Club, Tom and the Lockyer family would like to take this opportunity to repeat our collective heartfelt thanks to all at Bournemouth, their supporters, club officials and especially their medical staff and midfielder Philip Billing, who was the first to reach Tom on the pitch and summon assistance.

‘Supported by the actions of Bournemouth’s medical team and local paramedics, it was ultimately the protocols instilled and professional actions of our own medical staff that gave Tom this chance to recover and to whom we are thankful.

What is an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)? 

An ICD is a small device which can treat people with dangerously abnormal heart rhythms.

It sends electrical pulses to regulate abnormal heart rhythms, especially those that could be dangerous and cause a cardiac arrest.

An ICD is placed under the skin, usually in the space just below the collar bone to monitor your heart rate. 

Thin wires connect the ICD to the heart, which constantly check heart rate and rhythm.

People may need an ICD if they have suffered a life-threatening abnormal heart rhythm, are at risk of having one in the future or have heart failure. 

The device is fitted in a procedure that takes one to three hours.

Source: British Heart Foundation

‘Naturally, the events that unfolded last weekend surprised and shocked everyone witnessing it. Together with Sporting Chance, via the Premier League, the Club is in the process of providing care for those who may be affected by any distress caused.’

The clinical advice Tom and the Club has taken since the Championship play-off final has been conducted by the most renowned cardiologists, who have been involved at every step, along with a team of supporting multi-disciplinary consultants. 

Additionally, the club confirmed that the cardiac arrest suffered by the player was a distinct incident from Lockyer’s accident during last season’s Championship play-off final, which saw the 29-year-old collapse and taken to hospital. 

Lockyer subsequqently underwent heart surgery, and was given the all-clear to return to competitive action a month later.  

‘We can now confirm that the tests taken this week had revealed that the issue Tom experienced on Saturday was different to the atrial fibrillation he suffered in May,’ the statement continued. 

‘Tom, his family and the Club would like to thank everyone in the football family who have sent messages of concern and love. The level of support has been overwhelming.

‘We’re so proud to have Locks as our captain and his leadership will continue from the sidelines where his courage will inspire his team-mates, colleagues, and supporters, starting on Saturday.’

After Saturday’s game was officially abandoned, the players from both Luton and Bournemouth came back out on to the pitch to applaud the crowd, with Edwards close to tears on his lap around the ground.


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The Premier League announced that the match is set to be replayed in full later this season, although a date for the contest has not yet been given. 

One high-profile footballer in the English top-flight currently playing with an ICD is Christian Eriksen, who was fitted with the device after he suffered a cardiac arrest whilst facing Finland in Denmark’s opening EURO 2020 game two years ago. 

The Danish midfielder was subsequently forced to leave his former club, Inter Milan, because the Italian Football Association does not allow those fitted with the device to play in amateur or professional leagues.

A move to Brentford helped reintegrate the player back into top-flight football, and he was later signed by Manchester United in the summer of 2022.  

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