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My friend just collapsed during football and stop breathing!

Yesterday one of my football kaki just collapsed while playing football. We were so shocked as he lost his breath and his face turned black. Some of us tried to do some CPR until ambulance came. After reached HUKM hospital, using ECG test, doctor confirmed that he got heavy heart attack.

While waiting for ambulance, the referee told us that few weeks ago, another player collapsed just like my friend. He died that night because of the delay help received. He has only 15 minutes but help arrived after 17 minutes. This delay of just 2 minutes cause his life. And he is only 30 years old. Don’t think heart attack won’t happen to young people.

Back to my friend. In the hospital his heart still very weak (his heart stops beating few times). In the morning, we received sad news that he has passed away. So sad. Yesterday he just spoke to me. He told me don’t chase too much with the opponent player. Then he complained that his left foot is painful after a free kick. I told him to take a rest but he says, “It’s ok. Just go slow.” After few minutes, he collapsed…and in 12 hours he passed away.

Although he is around 52 years old, he looks ‘normal’. Regular football player who came almost every week. Never see him smoking but heard that he works in snooker center. Could be due to second-hand smoke which accumulated thru the years which cause all the heart blockage. Somehow I believe there are symptoms/sign but he could be ignoring them. Just my guess. Later will be going to the funeral to pay last respect. He got 3 kids. Youngest is around 5-6 years old son whom I always bring him along at soccer field. When he collapsed in the field…his son ask me what happen to papa…

Just came back from funeral. Heard that he already got high blood pressure (hypertension) issue. His death is due to heart failure which is caused by high blood pressure i believe. Actually mild exercise is good to reduce high blood pressure but need to follow proper medical advice from the professional or doctors.

Another thing I learn is the importance of doing CPR correctly. We all just did the chest compression but we didn’t do the mouth-to-mouth ventilations. None of us knows how to do so.

Lastly, when someone’s breathing stops. Immediately call the ambulance. Each second counts. Don’t send him to the hospital yourselves because the patient needs oxygen which is only available from hospital. Remember that guy lost his life because of treatment came 2 minutes late.

Yes, when our life will be taken away is not in our control. God is. But, with some knowledge about health and how to ‘save’ another person during emergency do make a difference in one’s life too. What we can do, we should do.

May your soul rest in peace, my friend Ah Chan.

p/s – if you wish to find out more how to take better care of our health, I have another blog called Hopefully the info there can give you some knowledge and solution on how to improve in our health. Some of this knowledge I shared is from what I learned from Natural Health Naturopathic Academy (NHNA) which I studied for one year plus.

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