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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Antonio Puerta of Sevilla FC Died Today

In memory of Antonio Puerta.

According to the recent Wikipedia article, here are the tragic events surrounding the death of Antonio Puerta of Sevilla FC:

"On 25 August 2007, Puerta collapsed and lost consciousness during Sevilla's first match of the 2007-08 La Liga season at their home stadium Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán against Getafe due to a heart attack.[2] He was seen crouching and then subsequently collapsing upon moving back to his team's goal, after only 28 minutes of the game had passed. His team-mate Ivica Dragutinović and club medical staff were then seen immediately running to his side to prevent him from swallowing his tongue as he began to lose consciousness.

After recovering and being substituted, Puerta collapsed once again in the changing room. He was taken to hospital in an ambulance, where he received cardiopulmonary resuscitation.[3] Doctors reported that his condition had deteriorated since arriving at hospital, and he eventually passed away at the Virgen del Rocio hospital in Sevilla on 28 August.[4][5] Doctor Francisco Murillo reported that Puerta had suffered multiple organ failure and irreversible brain damage as a result of multiple prolonged cardiac arrests due to an incurable, hereditary heart disease known as arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy.[6] There is no official word on whether he had ever been equipped with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator. Puerta's premature death from heart problems is similar to those of Marc-Vivien Foe and Miklos Feher.

He is survived by his wife, who is expecting their first child. As a result of Antonio Puerta's death, Sevilla's UEFA Champions League qualifier against AEK Athens was postponed. The club have also announced that a one-minute silence will be respected before every La Liga match on the weekend of 1/2 September."

Puerta, a midfielder and defender, was a native of Sevilla, and had only played professionally for his boyhood club. He had one appearance for the Spanish National Team. His body will be transported to Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan where family, friends, and fans can pay their last respects.

Tonight's Champions League qualifier between Sevilla and AEK Athens has been postponed; however, the European Super Cup will take place on Friday between Sevilla and AC Milan.

We often have read of tragic accidents and/or medical conditions that take away young athletes. It is quite rare when the incident occurs during an actual game. Two that occurred within the last four years in the world of soccer were referenced above (Marc Vivien-Foe and Mikos Feher). One can only wonder about the emotional state of his Sevilla teammates. During the past year, they have been one of the revelations of European and Spanish football.

Vaya con Dios, querido Antonio.

1 comment:

Merengue said...

This is just such a sad story. For those of us watching the game last Saturday when Puerta collapsed, the fact he got up and walked off the field after his teammate Dragutinovic prevented him from swallowing his tongue made it seem like this wasn't a serious incident. But then we learned he had a cardiac arrest in the changing room and that eventually caused the irreversible damage which took his life.

Puerta was a very promising young player with a great future ahead of him, many picked him to be Spain's left back of the future and it was Puerta's goal in extra time in the 2006 UEFA Cup semifinals which sent Sevilla through to the final which they eventually won, a triumph which has begun the club's great run of success.

Puerta's girlfriend (he wasn't married) is expecting next month, how sad that his baby won't get to know it's father. This charismatic figure will be missed and left us far too soon.

Que en paz descanse, rest in peace Antonio Puerta.

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