Talented footballer aged 13 fights for life after suffering heart attack on the pitch
A talented 13-year-old footballer is in a critical condition in hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest during a match.
The family of Quinton Barham, from Trowbridge, who recently had a trial with Bristol Rovers, were at his bedside as doctors carried out tests.
Quinton collapsed on the pitch after complaining of feeling unwell playing for Bradford Town during an under-14 cup match on Sunday.
First-aiders and an off-duty paramedic gave CPR before an air ambulance arrived at the Bromham Social Centre in Bromham, Wiltshire.
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Speaking from Quinton’s bedside at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, his father Paul, 48, said: “He is still critical and still asleep, doctors have kept him that way for now. He is still on a life support machine and he is undergoing tests to try and find out what is wrong.
“We have been told that his pulmonary artery is in the wrong place, it is in the middle of his two heart chambers rather than going through it.
“Because he was playing football and his heart was working hard to pump the blood it basically crushed the artery which caused the heart attack.”
It is believed that the football-mad teenager, the youngest of four, had just scored his third goal for Bradford Town Youth Football Club when he suddenly felt unwell and complained to his father of pains in his chest.
Within minutes Quinton had collapsed on the side of the pitch and medics performed CPR on him.
It is thought that he was "unstable" for around an hour before doctors managed to regulate his heart beat.
His cousin, Carla Barham, 21, said he was a "football mad Man United fanatic".
Quinton had enjoyed a "positive" trial with Bristol Rovers only a few months ago and hopes to fulfil his dream of playing professionally in the future.
Paul, mum Debbie, sisters Toni-Anne and Claire and brother Lathaniel were all at his bedside as they awaited results of heart scans.