Tom Lockyer shows a defibrillator that was put on his chest after the Luton captain had a heart attack in the Bournemouth game.
Tom Lockyer shows a defibrillator that was put on his chest after the Luton captain had a heart attack in the Bournemouth game.

Lockyer said he was “technically dead” for almost three minutes.

To me, the most amazing thing about Tom Lockyer is that he has the mental strength to keep going with a smile on his face.

The Luton Town star suddenly passed out on the pitch in December of last year after having a heart attack.

The device is on Lockyer's side, under his skin

1-The device is on Lockyer’s side, under his skin.
2-The place where the device was put in has a big scar.
3-From the device to Lockyer’s heart, a wire goes across his chest.

Lockyer was in the Premier League playing against Bournemouth when he tripped and fell. He was taken to the hospital right away.

Just a few months after the scare, the 29-year-old is talking about it and showing off his new ICD of choice.

An implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) is a device that can help start Lockyer’s heart beating again right away if he has another cardiac arrest.

If the Welshman needs help, the ICD can be turned on by running a wire across the defender’s chest and up to his heart. It is buried under his skin on his side.

He informed Sky Sports: “It’s constantly monitoring my heart rate and if it goes outside certain parameters it’s designed to give me a shock.”

He said: “I think the battery lasts ten years, so it only needs changing every ten years.””I hope I never have to use it, but it’s there just in case.”

Lockyer is happy because he has been able to play football again in the last few weeks.

Last month, he went back to the Luton training ground and was on the Sky Sports panel for the Luton vs. Manchester United game on Sunday.

That scary moment on the pitch at the Vitality Stadium is a long time ago, and Lockyer is so thankful for the doctors and medical staff who helped him that day.

The BBC asked him to explain that he had been “technically dead” for three minutes.

He stated: “Two minutes and 40 seconds I was I was technically dead for.”I wouldn’t be here today without the people there who were so strong under the stress.

What is an ICD?
Tom Lockyer shows a defibrillator that was put on his chest after the Luton captain had a heart attack in the Bournemouth game.
What is an ICD? Tom Lockyer shows a defibrillator that was put on his chest after the Luton captain had a heart attack in the Bournemouth game.

Even though he’s glad to be back to normal, he has said that getting used to his new ICD implant has been hard.

He said: “It took a while to get used to because it’s a lot bigger than I thought it would be.”

Then he joked that big things aren’t changing by saying, “It doesn’t change my golf swing—I’m still bad, so I’m fine.”

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