Salamanca Player Miguel Garcia Suffers Heart Attack
On Sunday, Salamanca midfielder Miguel Garcia collapsed in a game with Real Betis. The 31-year-old had a cardiac arrest and, as team-mates broke down in tears, medics fought, successfully, to save him.
For Spain the incident sparked memories of the night Antonio Puerta of Sevilla died after collapsing during a game with Getafe in 2007.
The 22-year-old’s death three days later, as a result of the multiple cardiac arrests he’d suffered, was all the more haunting because Puerta had actually walked from the field, the threat to his life seemingly behind him. Even before Sunday, that tragic loss was not an isolated incident. A year later Ruben de la Red collapsed playing for Real Madrid and is unlikely to play again. Last year, Espanyol captain Dani Jarque died of a heart attack after a pre-season training session.
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