After taking this selfie, this Bradford rugby fan suffered a near fatal heart attack. Now he is set to meet the medics who saved his life.

Selfie taken by Peter Owens, left, with son Angus Owens, 17, before his cardiac arrest at Bradford Bulls on July 19.
Selfie taken by Peter Owens, left, with son Angus Owens, 17, before his cardiac arrest at Bradford Bulls on July 19.
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A RUGBY fan who suffered a near fatal heart attack at a game is to come face-to-face with the medics who saved his life this weekend.

Peter Owens, a Liversedge father of two, collapsed minutes after taking a ‘selfie’ photograph in Bradford Bulls’ Provident Stadium on July 19 while watching the game against Leigh Centurions.

By chance Fran Young, a GP at Tong Medical Practice, was nearby in the crowd and heard shouts for help.

She saw Mr Owens, 57, clutch his chest before falling and pushed through fans to get to the scene, where she immediately began giving chest compressions, known as CPR.

Volunteers from first aid charity St John Ambulance arrived within two minutes and used a defibrillator to restart his heart. Dr Young and the volunteers are to be recognised during half time at Bulls’ game against Halifax RLFC on Saturday.

“I’m the luckiest man alive,” said Mr Owens, “It doesn’t bear thinking about, but had I been at home or out on my bike, I would be dead.

“I can’t wait to meet the people who saved me, so I can thank them in person.”

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