Italian soccer player collapses, dies during match

Italian soccer player collapses, dies during match

Milan : Italy | Apr 14, 2012 at 3:46 PM PDT
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Piermario Morosini dead after collapsing on pitch

All Italian soccer matches were cancelled for the weekend after Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini, age 25, died Saturday from cardiac arrest. His death happened just 31minutes after the Italian Serie B soccer match against Pescara began.

Morosini was taken off the field by stretcher after collapsing several times. According to ESPN, “A consultant in the hemodynamic department at the hospital, who was watching the game and rushed to help before the ambulance arrived, said Morosini never regained consciousness.”

"Morosini never had a single heartbeat again," Leonardo Paloscia said. "From when I arrived, he never gave a sign of revival, not in his respiration nor his heartbeat. When I arrived everything (his heart, respiration) was stopped. No one can say what the cause was, I think nothing will come out until after the autopsy."

A defibrillator was used to try to bring him back to consciousness as he was taken off the pitch to a nearby hospital.

De Blasio told reporters that Morosini was already dead by the time he got to the hospital. Cardiologist Eduardo De Blasio at Pescara’s Santo Spirito hospital made the official pronouncement that Morosini was dead.

This is the second time in as many months that a European soccer player has collapsed due to heart failure on the field. Last month, Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba collapsed during a match in an FA Cup quarterfinal match. He remains in intensive care.

Sources ESPN and Yahoo Sports.

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