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GAA dad Paddy Watson recovering following collapse

By Declan Bogue

Published 15/09/2015

An ambulance at the match where Paddy Watson collapsed
An ambulance at the match where Paddy Watson collapsed

A GAA star's father who collapsed watching his son hurl is out of intensive care, it was confirmed yesterday.

Paddy Watson, father of Liam, collapsed at Sunday's Antrim hurling Championship match between Loughgiel Shamrocks and Ruairi O Cushendall and was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast.

"Paddy had a heart-related operation, he had emergency surgery," said Antrim Public Relations Officer, Sean Fleming.

"He is out of the intensive care unit and is lying in the ward now, and obviously everyone in Antrim GAA wishes him the best in his recovery."

Medics at the scene have been praised for their efficiency and speed in handling the situation.

A St John's ambulance was present and Dunloy officials provided use of a defibrillator.

Mr Watson was treated by two doctors, Mrs Carson and Mrs Burke, who are mothers of Cushendall players Conor and Martin, and Cushendall club doctor, Eddie McCormick. Geraldine McIhatton, a nurse from Loughgiel who works in Antrim Area Hospital, operated the defibrillator.

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