HE MAY not remember a thing but Nicky Hunt feels merely fortunate to be alive.
On November 10, the Darlington protector fell backwards during a video game against Boston and was out cold.
The night game at Blackwell Meadows was abandoned and Hunt, 37, drifted in and out of awareness throughout a 69-minute wait on an ambulance.
He was ultimately taken to health center at 11pm before being released at 5am.
However if it was not for the quick reactions of physios from both sides, the ex-Bolton favourite understands how it could have ended.
Speaking with SunSport, Hunt stated: “I spoke to our physio, Danny, the day after and he resembled, ‘Your pulse was always there however you stopped breathing two times’. It was a frightening time.
” Because the ambulance took so long, if the medics weren’t there then I would have been in a whole heap of problem.
” The very first week was bad. I was on tablets, pain relievers, whatever. I had swelling on my neck so I had to get that down.
” I have actually simply got to thank them from the bottom of my heart and I see myself as fortunate to be all set to play today.”
Hunt trained for the very first time once again on Thursday and has been passed fit to deal with Bristol Rovers in the FA Cup second round.
Quakers authorities had feared they were losing him overnight– and his papa asked whether now was the time to retire.
However Hunt stated: “I am itching to get back. I know myself, I understand my own body and I understand my mindset.”
Back-pedalling to meet a header, Hunt did not see Darlo team-mate Tony McMahon’s difficulty with an opponent.
He discussed, with all of the effect on his neck.
Ex-Middlesbrough defender McMahon stated: “We had both ended up on the flooring and it appeared it was nothing.
” However it ended up being clear it was and I didn’t leave his side up until the ambulance came. It was actually frightening.”
Hunt has no recollection of the match and has just recently started to feel typical once again.
He added: “I remember driving to the video game and then I keep in mind getting up in medical facility with shining lights in my face.
” It puts a great deal of things into viewpoint. Enjoy things in life and delight in football as long as you can since you do not understand when it’s going to be taken away.”
” The video of the incident is so innocuous, it was next to absolutely nothing.
” I increase for a header, draw back awkwardly and yeah, you question how I wound up in such a state.
Prior to the incident, Hunt was caring life with the Quakers in the National League North.
A semi-pro for the first time, the veteran is eyeing up life after football – which he hopes is a year or more off yet.
Coaching is an alternative, with just his Pro Licence to finish.
But a life in home or as a football representative appeals to the former England U21 global who reached the FA Cup quarters with Bolton in 2005 under Sam Allardyce.
Adam Campbell’s brace versus League One Swindon put sixth-tier Darlington in the third round for the very first time since 2003.
And Hunt, who won promotion from League 2 with Crewe last season, reckons Alun Armstron’s side have it in them to trigger another shock at the Memorial Arena.
He included: “I thought that non-league was nowhere near league requirement, but it’s a very great line now. A great deal of non-league clubs would do well in League 2.
” They will be out to impress brand-new supervisor Paul Tisdale however we are under no pressure and it’s a free hit. The onus is on them.
” A lot of the lads are from the North East so desire Newcastle away if we win.
” I’ll take anyone. I have actually been lucky enough to play at all the Premier League grounds, however I ‘d enjoy to have another crack at the whip versus world-class players.
” I supported Bolton as a kid however I was in a school in Manchester so all my buddies attempted to transform me to Manchester United.
” I caved into them however in my heart I’ve constantly been a Bolton fan.
” They were beaten by Crewe so that fairy tale has actually gone – though possibly only up until next season!”