Former Mali defender Koulibaly thanks Colombia Rodriguez for help after heart attack in Qatar

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

Coulibaly, 32, collapsed in front of the goal near the end of the first half of his team’s match between Al Wakra and Al Rayyan at Al Gharafa Stadium in Doha and underwent treatment by the medical staff and ambulance before settling in the hospital.

Coulibaly posted a picture of him in hospital on Thursday and thanked Al Rayyan player Rodriguez for adjusting his head to make sure he could breathe properly, and thanked his Al Wakrah teammate Saud Al Khater for immediately sending him to the medical team.

“Thank God and the work of these heroes, I was saved,” defender Coulibaly said in the post, while thanking the hospital staff and paramedics in the match.

Koulibaly is not the first professional footballer to suffer a heart attack on the field.

Danish striker Christian Eriksen suffered a heart attack during a European Championship match against Finland in Copenhagen in June last year.

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



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