Shaka thanks well-wishers following collapse

  • by Staff Writer
  • Tuesday, 25th July 2023

Former Hammers goalkeeper Shaka Hislop has thanked well-wishers for the avalanche of messages which have come his way since collapsing live on TV.

Hislop, 54, stumbled and fell into co-presenter Dan Thomas while presenting pitchside during the friendly between Real Madrid and AC Milan at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

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A shocked Thomas immediately called for assistance as the channel the pair were working for - US broadcaster ESPN - cut immediately to a commercial break.

Hislop, who enjoyed two spells at West Ham was rushed straight to hospital wher he was treated, before he later posted a message on social media thanking those who sent positive thoughts.

"That was awkward," Hislop said in a video on Twitter. "What a 24 hours this has been. Every so often life gives you a moment to pause - and this was mine.

"My response now has to be to seek out the best medical opinion I can get and listen to what my doctors have to say.

"There is so much I have to be thankful for - my wife, children, family, loved ones, friends, people I have shared space with over the years and have lost touch with for whatever reason.

"To those who have reached out either directly or indirectly, I thank you."

Hislop played 121 games for West Ham in two spells from 1998 to 2002 and 2005 to 2006, including an appearance in the 2006 FA Cup Final in which West Ham drew 33 with then-Eropean champions Liverpool..

"I would like to say thanks to Dan and the ESPN family - the camera operators, the medical staff at the Rose Bowl who all responded in the way they did and afforded me the care that I got," added Hislop, who also represented Newcastle, Reading and Portsmouth during his professional career.

"I know now that even when we argue and disagree, I have the fullest support of each and every one of you and I am looking forward to getting back and doing what I enjoy doing most."

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