Former Mali defender Coulibaly thanks Colombia’s Rodriguez for help following heart attack in Qatar

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

The 32-year-old Coulibaly collapsed in front of goal near the end of the first half of his team Al Wakrah’s match against Al Rayyan at Doha’s Al Gharafa Stadium and was treated by medical and ambulance personnel before being stabilized in hospital.

Coulibaly posted a photo of himself in hospital on Thursday thanking Al Rayyan’s Rodriguez for adjusting his head to ensure he could breathe properly and Al Wakrah teammate Saoud Al Khater for immediately signaling to the medical team.

“Thanks to God and the work of these heroes, I was saved,” defender Coulibaly said in the post, while thanking the hospital staff and rescue workers at the match.

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

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

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– B / R Football (@brfootball) January 13, 2022

Coulibaly is not the first professional footballer to suffer a heart attack on the pitch.

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

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

(REUTERS)