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Umpire Howard Taylor suffers heart attack
Thursday 11th April 2019

We have received news that Howard Taylor, an MCUA umpire in the Liverpool Competition, has suffered a major heart attack and is in a critical condition in hospital.

​Last Saturday morning, Howard was at the Brooke Hotel Bowling Club in Crosby about to take part in a Crown Green Bowls Competition when he collapsed with what has been confirmed as a cardiac arrest.

CPR was administered by members of the Bowls Club. Upon arrival of a Rapid Response Paramedic he was given oxygen and a defibrillator was used to shock him back to life as his heart had stopped.

Howard was put into an induced coma when he arrived at Aintree Hospital. On Monday, the hospital tried to bring him around but he had a relapse and had to be shocked again to revive him,

On Tuesday, he was transferred to Broadgreen Hospital to have a stent fitted before being taken back to Aintree still in an induced coma where he remains on the critical list.

Howard has been a stalwart of the MCUA, umpiring in the LDCC's ECB Premier League for many years and was the recipient of the Peter Freeman Shield in 2018 for the best umpire in the First Division as voted by the clubs' captains.

​Our thoughts go out to Howard and his family at this time and we wish him a very speedy recovery.

​Update:

Happily, we can now inform you that Howard is out of his induced coma and it is intended to move him from Intensive Care tomorrow, 12th April.

He is hoping to be discharged from hospital in time for Easter and be back umpiring as soon as his doctors allow.

We continue to wish Howard a full and speedy recovery.