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Keast stable

St Mary’s co-coach Glenn Keast addresses his players during 2019. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

ST MARY’S co-coach Glenn Keast is in a stable condition in the intensive care unit of Geelong’s University Hospital after going into cardiac arrest at training on Saturday morning.

Keast, who turned 50 on the same day, was sedated after arriving at the hospital around 10 am.

He was brought out of the sedation on Sunday morning and is now breathing unassisted.

Co-coach Travis Robertson says doctors are now trying to get to the bottom of what happened.

“There’s no real set time on how long he’s going to be in there,” Robertson said.

“There are lots of tests going on to understand why – everyone’s a bit confused by that. Cardiac arrest is different from a heart attack.

“So we’ll leave it in the arms of the experts.”

Robertson paid tribute to a nurse who was walking her dog past Anthony Costa Oval at the time, as well as Keast’s sons Matthew and Tom, who performed CPR on their dad.

“It’s extremely lucky that a nurse was walking past, who swiftly supported Glenn, and I’m sure that’s gone a long way to helping him to where he is today,” Robertson said.

“The response of the nurse and his boys is a testament to some great people.”

Robertson was at the other end of the ground when the incident occurred.

“It was very scary,” he said.

“I was down one end, and he was up the other with another group, and we had been training for about 20 minutes.

“I could hear a lot of screaming, and I looked up, and I could see him lying down.

“When I got up there, it was pretty obvious that something wasn’t right.”

Support is now being provided for St Mary’s players – both those who were at the ground and those who were due to train later in the morning.

“It’s not something that any of our boys could ever imagine,” Robertson said. “We had about 20 there.

“We got them off the oval pretty quickly and sent them off for a run, in the end, just to get them away.

“As happens in life, there are all different emotions, and some people cope better than others.

“We’re making sure we put out arms around the boys, and if they need some support, it’s absolutely there from our club network.”

Robertson said St Mary’s will continue to train despite uncertainty still surrounding the start of the season.

“The football community and the sports community is important for all of us at the minute,” he said.

“It was great to get back into it last week and get the boys together.

“At a time like this, it’s just as important we keep the boys together and keep ploughing on.

“He would want that, too.”

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