Nottingham Forest’s Steve Cook pays tribute to paramedics for ‘bringing his father back to life’ after he suffered a cardiac arrest – before defender played in promotion-deciding loss against former side Bournemouth
Nottingham Forest defender Steve Cook revealed paramedics saved his father’s life before his side’s 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth.
Former Bournemouth skipper Cook, who joined Forest for an undisclosed fee in January, said his father had had a heart attack at the Vitality Stadium in a post on Twitter congratulating his former club for sealing promotion.
Cook, 31, said: ‘First of all a big congratulations to @afcbournemouth on promotion but tonight I need to thank the paramedics at the game.
Steve Cook revealed paramedics saved his father’s life before his side’s defeat at Bournemouth
The Nottingham Forest defender – who suffered a nasty wound to the head during the match – said his father had had a heart attack at the Vitality Stadium
‘Unfortunately my dad suffered a cardiac arrest just before the game and they managed to bring him back to life.
‘I’ll forever be grateful for their actions.’
Cook started the game for Forest, who needed to win to keep alive their own chances of automatic promotion going into the final game on Saturday.
The 31-year-old actually himself sustained a nasty gash to the head during the contest against his former side.
Former Bournemouth skipper Cook (pic) joined Forest for an undisclosed fee in January
Regardless of that, the centre half was substituted in the 84th minute and replaced by Forest forward Joe Lolley.
This was soon after Kieffer Moore had scored Bournemouth’s decisive goal, which clinched them a second-placed finish and promotion to the Premier League.
Cook, who played in over 370 games in all competitions for Bournemouth during his 10-year spell at the south-coast club, was making his 17th appearance for Forest on his first return.
Kieffer Moore was Bournemouth’s hero as his strike sealed their Premier League promotion
The 1-0 win confirmed Bournemouth’s promotion back to the Premier League for next season