A dad-of-two who almost died after his heart stopped for seven minutes is hoping to return to work in the coming weeks.
Chris Arnott was taking part in a training session with Fraserburgh Rugby Club last month when he suddenly collapsed and suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch.
The 33-year-old, who has since returned home after being fitted with a defibrillator, said he hopes to return to work as a policeman in the coming weeks.
He added: “I’m hoping so but none of that has been confirmed yet.
“I’m pretty sure if I feel strong enough then I can get back in some capacity.
“My recovery is going really well and I’m getting stronger every day.”
Chris was helped by his quick-thinking teammates who performed CPR and used a nearby defibrillator to get his heart started again – saving his life.
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Chris’s wife Dawn, 31, decided to fundraise for new defibrillators after almost losing her husband.
Almost £5,000 was raised in the campaign, with the sum handed over to Fraserburgh Community Safety Group last week.
This cash will be used alongside a donation of £2,600 from Fraserburgh Hospital to buy seven new defibrillators for the town and surrounding area.
It will more than double the number of defibrillators in the community, with plans to locate one at James Ramsay Park, where the incident took place.
Chris, who is dad to Dexter, 6, and Summer, 5, said: “It really is quite humbling and brilliant to be able to give back, especially after everything that happened to me.
“I know how important they are. The very fact the defibrillator was there, I have no doubt it’s the reason I’m here today.”
The dad-of-two’s rugby career is sadly over since having the defibrillator fitted, but he said that he is just glad to be alive.
Chris added: “I’ll watch from the sidelines and enjoy the social aspect of it.
“I’m lucky to be here and that’s the way I see it, so any changes I have to make are a fair trade.”
Dawn said it was almost like a “massive movement” had taken place in the town because of what happened to Chris.
She said: “He shouldn’t be here – he’s so lucky to be alive and lucky the defibrillator was there.
“We’re just so grateful for everyone’s help and support.”