A north-east dad-of-two who lay on a rugby pitch without a heartbeat for seven minutes while team-mates worked to save him has fulfilled a dream – meeting the national team.
Chris Arnott met Scottish Rugby players on Saturday night following the match between Scotland and Argentina, held at Murrayfield.
The 33-year-old attended alongside wife Dawn, children Dexter and Summer, and four of his team-mates who performed CPR and used a defibrillator to get his heart started again during a training session with Fraserburgh Rugby Club.
Dawn, 31, said: “It was really good. I think Chris’s childhood dream came true on Saturday.
“He’s always wanted to go and meet the players so he was just so absolutely delighted.”
Not long after Chris had his cardiac arrest, he was contacted by Scottish Rugby, who offered tickets to the family and his team-mates to attend a game and meet the players.
Dawn added: “Scottish Rugby got in touch with him to say that it had heard what had happened so they were going to gift Chris, myself, our two children and the four guys tickets to the Argentina game. We got to have a tour around Murrayfield.
“He got presented with a signed Scottish Rugby jersey in the tunnel where the players go.
“He’s had me looking at frames for it already. That’ll be getting pride of place.”
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It was almost a double celebration for the family, who are from Rosehearty, after they came close to meeting esteemed author J.K Rowling.
The Harry Potter writer attends home matches at Murrayfield and occasionally comes down to meet players.
With it being Dexter’s birthday next week, the family made a weekend of the visit, and did a Harry Potter tour as well.
A guide went to look for the author so that they could meet her, but unfortunately she had already left.
Dawn added: “Chris is getting on much better. He’s getting stronger and stronger, and we have got his first follow-up appointment this week. We should be getting test results back as well, as they can take a number of weeks to get back.”
Although Chris will not be able to return to playing rugby, he may return to help out with coaching in the future, although the goal for the moment is working on his recovery and building up his endurance.
Chris said: “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.”
The family recently raised almost £5,000 in a fundraising campaign to purchase new defibrillators for Fraserburgh.
The cash was used alongside a donation of £2,600 from Fraserburgh Hospital to buy seven new defibrillators for the town and surrounding area, including plans to locate one at James Ramsay Park.