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Arsenal forward Eduardo says thanks to paramedics

Arsenal striker Eduardo meets the West Midlands paramedics who treated him
Arsenal striker Eduardo meets the paramedics who treated him

Arsenal forward Eduardo has met and thanked paramedics who helped him when he suffered a broken leg.

The striker suffered the horrific injury while playing at Birmingham in February 2008.

Brian Clarke and Rachel Essex, paramedics with West Midlands Ambulance Service, met him just before Arsenal's match at Birmingham last Saturday.

They said they had a good chat with him and he thanked them personally for the treatment he got that day.

Eduardo had to be treated for a fractured and dislocated ankle and was taken to Selly Oak Hospital for an emergency operation.

He was gracious and sincere with his praise
Rachel Essex

He returned to Premier League action in February 2009.

Mr Clarke said it had been nice to meet Eduardo in better circumstances.

"We had a good chat and he thanked us personally for the treatment he received that day.

"In fact, all the Arsenal staff were full of praise for the treatment we gave Eduardo, and we received an official letter of thanks from the club shortly after the injury occurred."

Ms Essex said it had been nice to get a personal thank you.

"He was gracious and sincere with his praise for treatment that day, and it was nice to be recognised by the injured player for the job we do."



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