Mackay City Hawks' Nick Morton with his wife Victoria and their daughter Isabelle after this year's grand final just an hour or so before he drove himself home.
Mackay City Hawks' Nick Morton with his wife Victoria and their daughter Isabelle after this year's grand final just an hour or so before he drove himself home. Contributed

Mackay AFL player celebrates premiership he can't remember

UPDATE 3.04: THERE is one special thing Nick Morton wants to do since returning home from Townsville Base Hospital. 

"Paramedics saved my life... I want to meet them so I can thank them..." he said.   

Two Queensland Ambulance Service officers worked for 25 minutes to save Mr Morton, administering eight controlled electric shocks (defibrillation) in the process.   

"If the paramedics weren't right there I think we would be having a very different conversation.... or we probably might not be having this conversation," Mr Morton said.  

The 30-year-old went into cardiac arrest after his Aussie Rules grand final on September 10.

He spent a week in hospital getting a stent after the wall of one of the arteries to his heart ruptured.   

He said the care he received was nothing short of amazing.   

"The paramedics, all the doctors in Townsville and Mackay and the Royal Flying Doctor Service that flew me up to Townsville," he said.

"What a great cause (Royal Flying Doctor Service)... people take that sort of system for granted and when you need it it's there, thank God we have that."  

While his footy days are over, Mr Morton is glad to be home with his daughter, Isabelle, and wife, Victoria, who he said had been his rock throughout a tough couple of weeks.   

"Every time we remember it together we get a bit emotional," he said   

After the game he had planned on a night of celebrations with his Mackay City Hawks team but headed home after feeling sick.   

"Looking back at it I probably shouldn't have driven," he said.   

"There was a tightness in my chest I was a bit short of breath, really lethargic and a little bit dizzy, like unaware of my surroundings and what was going on."   

Mr Moreton knew something wasn't right.   

He felt worse by the time he got home and told his wife to call paramedics.  

He collapsed just as they arrived.   

"All the signs definitely point to a heart attack but you just don't believe, at 30 years old, you're going to have one," he said.   

"This is only what I've been told because I can't really remember anything."  

Mr Morton didn't get his memory back until the Thursday after the game when the stent was put in.   

"I remember some of the operation on Thursday, because you're awake during the angiogram test. I remember looking over to the TV screen and watching my heart pump with the dye going through it and just watching my whole heart pumping away," he said.   

"I remember feeling some tugging and pulling."   

He doesn't remember kicking five goals in the grand final or posing for a photo with his family after the game.  

Nick Morton posted this photo on his Facebook page after being awarded his premiership medal but doesn't remember it.
Nick Morton posted this photo on his Facebook page after being awarded his premiership medal but doesn't remember it. Contributed

"I remember getting there and picking up a mate on the way but no long periods of time like the game, just short glimpses."  

Mr Morton has been home for almost two weeks and says seeing pictures and videos of the game is triggering his memory but he doesn't think it will all come back.   

He said the doctors weren't sure exactly what had caused the cardiac arrest.   

"They think it's a culmination of being a hot day with excessive and high intensity exercise."  

EARLIER: MACKAY City Hawks player, Nick Morton, helped his team to victory in their grand final this year by kicking five goals. 

Instead of celebrating with his team that night he found himself in the Townsville Base Hospital after he went into cardiac arrest after the game. 

Just two days later, Mackay City Hawks posted on their Facebook page saying they were relieved to hear the full forward was on the road to recovery. 

The 30-year-old is now back home and recovering well. 

The club took the opportunity at their presentation night to raise money for the family to help with their unexpected costs following his hospitalisation. 

Tradelink kicked off the donations with $100 with more expected to come in over the next week. 



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