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Goodbye, Antonio Puerta!

Goodbye, Antonio Puerta!

Rest in peace, Antonio Puerta of Sevilla CF. And rest in peace, Ray Jones of Queens Park Rangers.

The terrible car crash that killed the young QPR striker was the worst news of Saturday - and I wish strength for his family to cope with their incredible loss.

On that very cursed Saturday, a Spanish full-back by the name of Antonio Puerta collapsed during his team's league match against Getafe. The medical staff prevented him from swallowing his tongue and walked to the dressing room on his own legs.

Inside, though, he collapsed again and was taken to hospital where he was in for intensive care until Tuesday night when, after all the news of a slightly improving condition, he passed away at the age of 22, leaving behind a pregnant girlfriend.

This in itself is horrible enough and shocked me deeply. It was an evil turn of events that while he was struggling for his life, a Leicester City player collapsed on the field and had to be taken to hospital. Fortunately, Clive Clarke's condition is reported to stable.

However, questions must be asked about Puerta's death. The death was caused by postanoxic encephalopathy and a multiple failure of his organs caused by the prolonged cardiac arrest that provoked his admission to hospital - that's what a doctor said.

With my little knowledge of these things, I would expect that a professional medical team that is due to examine the footballers at a professional club should discover that the players' heart will not bear the demands expected of it. Maybe I'm wrong but do doctors do everything to prevent these tragedies or are now results above everything else and the medical teams' chief task is to get the most out of players, whatever the price is?



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Writer:Zae
Date:Wednesday August 29 2007
Time: 12:02PM

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You can never know. I think it's possible that all medical checks showed there's no trouble, and that it was some nasty, lurking problem that medical science could not discover with its present knowledge. Or at least I hope that's the case, for then we know it can be prevented when that certain knowledge deepens.
midlothian99
29/08/2007 13:07:00
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its been a strange week in football! things like this should not happen to often in football! any problems like this should have been picked up some where down the line. the death foe was a warning!
Simon Garner Legend
29/08/2007 15:09:00
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The International Herald Tribune is reporting that Puerta had dizzy spells and passed out twice in the previous week, but the episodes were assumed to be related to heat exhaustion.
oyvey
29/08/2007 15:47:00
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