- A 17-year-old footballer has died after suffering a heart attack in training. Royal Antwerp medical staff attempted to resuscitate Joel Lobanzo before transferring him to Antwerp University Hospital. He was in a “critical condition” for one day before dying on Wednesday.
A 17-year-old footballer has died after suffering a cardiac arrest during an Under-19 training session on Tuesday evening.
The player, Joel Lobanzo, had a “sudden cardiac arrest,” according to a statement released by Royal Antwerp FC.
Lobanzo was treated by Royal Antwerp medics before being rushed to Antwerp University Hospital. He remained in “critical condition” overnight, before dying on Wednesday.
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“The young football player had become a victim of sudden cardiac arrest during the training on Tuesday night,” Royal Antwerp said in a statement.
“The medical supervisor and trainers who were in the vicinity of the player immediately started the resuscitation, after which [he was] transferred to [hospital] in critical condition.
“The young man remained in critical condition for more than one day, but died on Wednesday.” The statement added: “We convey our deepest feelings of compassion to Joel’s family and friends.”