Former Malian defender Coulibaly thanks Colombian Rodriguez for help after heart attack in Qatar


Former Mali international Ousmane Coulibaly, who suffered a heart attack on the pitch during a Qatar Stars League match last week, has thanked Colombia international James Rodriguez for helping save his life.

Coulibaly, 32, collapsed in front of goal towards the end of the first half of his side Al Wakrah’s game against Al Rayyan at Doha’s Al Gharafa Stadium and was treated by medical and ambulance personnel before leaving. be stabilized in hospital.

Coulibaly posted an image of himself in hospital on Thursday and thanked Al Rayyan’s Rodriguez for adjusting his head to ensure he could breathe properly and his Al Wakrah teammate Saoud Al Khater for immediately report it to the medical team.

“Thanks to God and the work of these heroes, I was saved,” defender Coulibaly said in the post, while thanking hospital staff and first responders during the game.

James Rodríguez was one of the first players to help Al-Wakrah’s Ousmane Coulibaly when he suffered a cardiac arrest in Saturday’s game against Al-Rayyan.

Both clubs celebrated the medical staff who helped save Coulibaly’s life 🙏

(via @QSL_EN)

— B/R Football (@brfootball) January 13, 2022 Coulibaly is not the first professional footballer to suffer a heart attack on the pitch.

Danish striker Christian Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest during a European Championship clash with Finland in Copenhagen last June.

The 29-year-old was fitted with a heart start device. His contract with Inter Milan was terminated for medical reasons but he is looking for a new club to continue his career.



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