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Tom Lockyer reunites with heroic ambulance medics who saved his life after suffering cardiac arrest on pitch

TOM LOCKYER has been reunited with the medics who helped save his life on his return to the Vitality Stadium.

Luton face Bournemouth tonight in a replay of the fixture that was abandoned after the 29-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch.

Tom Lockyer met the medics that saved his life on his return to Bournemouth's stadium

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Tom Lockyer met the medics that saved his life on his return to Bournemouth’s stadiumCredit: Prime Media
Lockyer suffered a cardiac arrest in the fixture earlier this season

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Lockyer suffered a cardiac arrest in the fixture earlier this seasonCredit: PA
The Luton star will do a lap of honour before kick-off

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The Luton star will do a lap of honour before kick-offCredit: PA
Hatters supporters held up a mural of Lockyer

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Hatters supporters held up a mural of LockyerCredit: Reuters
He is on the front of tonight's matchday programme

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He is on the front of tonight’s matchday programmeCredit: Rex

The Hatters skipper was technically dead for two minutes before medics resuscitated him back in December.

Lockyer showed his appreciation to those first on the scene as he greeted the ambulance staff who rushed over to him with a defibrillator.

The defender was all smiles as he chatted and posed for photos with the medics.

He will be presented pitchside and do a lap of honour ahead of kick-off.

Luton manager Rob Edwards said before tonight: “It will be emotional going back and reliving that experience but we know we have to do it.

“Locks will meet the people who helped saved his life and see their supporters, who were unbelievable.

“It will be really nice for him to meet those heroes and he’ll get a brilliant reception.

“The main thing now is that Locks is okay and the silver lining is that some good will have come from it, with more awareness on CPR.”

Wales star Lockyer spent five days in hospital and now has an implantable cardioverter defibrillator in his chest.

He may never play professional football again.

Tom Lockyer shows defibrillator fitted into his chest after Luton captain suffered cardiac arrest in Bournemouth clash

In a programme interview, Lockyer said: “I can’t wait to see them in person and thank them myself.

“They almost go under the radar at every game. You don’t really see them until something serious happens.

“That’s when you see what incredible human beings they are. They deliver such swift and fast life-saving care to people who need it, so I can’t honestly thank them enough.”

A Bournemouth supporters’ trust has raised £2,000 to put on coaches for Luton fans.

There are also plans for a minute’s applause in tribute to the incredible work of the medics.

Edwards added: “They are the true heroes. It is only football and there are more important things.”

Cherries boss Andoni Iraola is looking forward to greeting Lockyer too.

He said: “I am happy to know that he is doing well. It will be amazing to see him.”

Tom Lockyer suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch on December 16

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Tom Lockyer suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch on December 16Credit: Rex
Medics were able to save his life

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Medics were able to save his lifeCredit: Getty
He was rushed to hospital and has now been fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator

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He was rushed to hospital and has now been fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillatorCredit: Rex
The match was abandoned at 1-1 and will be replayed this evening

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The match was abandoned at 1-1 and will be replayed this eveningCredit: Reuters
Manager Rob Edwards has called the medical staff 'heroes'

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Manager Rob Edwards has called the medical staff ‘heroes’Credit: Getty
Lockyer's football career is in doubt

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Lockyer’s football career is in doubtCredit: Twitter @SkySportsPL

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