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Former Soccer Player Awarded Compensation for a Foreseeable Heart Attack

A former soccer player, who suffered a cardiac arrest during a game, has been awarded a £7 million settlement of compensation for a foreseeable heart attack.

Since the age of eleven years, Radwan Hamed (now 27 years old) had been associated with Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. Having developed his skills in the club´s football academy, Radwan progressed into being a regular player in the club´s youth team.

In August 2006, at the age of seventeen, Radwan signed as a professional for the club. Three days later, while playing with the youth team in Belgium, Radwan suffered a cardiac arrest six minutes into the match and collapsed.

Radwan´s heart stopped for several minutes, during which time his brain was starved of oxygen. As a result of oxygen deprivation, Radwan suffered permanent brain damage, due to which he can no longer walk or talk. He has also lost his sight.

Radwan´s father – Raymon – claimed his son´s heart attack had been foreseeable and Tottenham Hotspur should not have let him play in the match. He alleged that an ECG performed before Radwan had signed professionally for the club showed his son´s heart to be “unequivocally abnormal”.

On his son´s behalf, Raymon claimed compensation for a foreseeable heart attack against Dr Peter Mills – the Football Association cardiologist who had screened his son – and Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. At the High Court In February 2015, Mr Justice Hickinbottom ruled the club was 70% liable for Radwan´s injuries and Dr Mills 30% liable.

The case was adjourned for reports to be compiled in Radwan´s future care needs and, at the High Court earlier this week, Mr Justice Lewis awarded a compensation package believed to have a combined value of £7 million. Announcing the settlement of compensation for a foreseeable heart attack, Judge Lewis said:

“Radwan Hamed was a promising young footballer. At the age of 17 he was playing his first professional match for Tottenham Hotspur. There is a system for scanning and screening heart defects in young footballers. Radwan was scanned and the results indicated he might have a heart defect. The compensation will need to compensate for injury and for loss of earnings. More importantly it will need to ensure his future needs are met.”