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.
A positive legacy of Puerta’s death is the defibrillator, which saved Miguel Garcia, was at hand as a result of laws brought in since 2007 making its presence a legal requirement. But why is this happening?
Instances of cardiac arrest death among pro footballers are twice the rate of the population as a whole. Yet despite numerous theories, nobody really knows the cause.
Garcia left hospital yesterday and can look forward to the rest of his life, albeit with his career over. The challenge now is to ensure no other player suffers the same ordeal.
For all non-spanish speakers, yes, he's well and stable. Just pending to get out of intensive care unit today or tomorrow. Doctors say it was a heart attack caused by a trombo in his arm main artery. Fortunately he was reanimated on the ground. Initially doctors assure he will get well, still a bit uncertain if he will be able to get back to practising football again.
Get well soon Miguel
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