Sunday, May 8, 2016

Dinamo's doctor accused of Inadequate first Aid treatment and Negligence that leads to death of Patrick Ekeng

The Romanian Football Federation (FRF) has postponed all football matches this weekend following the death of Dinamo Bucharest’s Patrick Ekeng on Friday, with local media reporting that an investigation had been launched.

The 26-year-old Cameroon midfielder collapsed on the field after suffering a suspected heart attack shortly after coming on as a 62nd-minute substitute during a league match against Viitorul Constanta and was pronounced dead two hours later.

Police have started an inquiry into Ekeng’s death, while hospital officials claimed that he had not received adequate first aid treatment at the ground, which was denied by the club’s doctor.
“He was brought to us in cardiopulmonary arrest at the emergency room, in an ambulance, without resuscitation measures as far as we know,” Dr Cristian Pandrea of the Floreasca emergency hospital said.
“We started resuscitation measures that lasted approximately one hour and 30 minutes. These measures were, unfortunately, without result.“
Ekeng was placed in an ambulance less than three minutes after collapsing and Dinamo’s club doctor, Liviu Paltinean, said he performed cardiac massage. “The first thing you do is to clear out the air passage and perform cardiac massage,” Paltinean said.
The Romanian Cup final between Dinamo and CFR Cluj, which was due to be played on Tuesday, was also postponed and will take place on 17 May.
On Saturday, Dinamo fans unveiled a huge banner outside the club stadium that read “An empty place in our hearts”.
Ekeng, capped twice by Cameroon, had also played for Le Mans in France as well as the Swiss club Lausanne and Spain’s Cordoba. Ekeng joined the 18-times Romanian champions Dinamo as a free agent in January and scored his only goal in their 2-2 draw against Steaua Bucharest in the Romanian Cup semi-final second leg in April.
The world of football was mourning his loss. A statement on Dinamo’s Facebook page said: “Dinamo tonight lost footballer Claude Patrick Ekeng Ekeng forever. On behalf of all of Dinamo, sincere condolences to the bereaved family. God rest his soul.”
The Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, said: “I’m incredibly sad to learn of the passing of Cameroonian Patrick Ekeng. At moments like this, words seem insufficient. Messages I’ve read online from team-mates, his club in Romania, and former teams, show just how highly Patrick was regarded.”
Ekeng made his international debut last year as a second-half substitute in a 1-1 draw against DR Congo in his home city, Yaounde. A statement on the Cameroon Football Federation’s website read: “What a tragedy. We have just learned of the death of our international footballer Patrick Ekeng on the field during a league match between Dinamo Bucharest and Viitorul. Cameroon and the great family of Cameroonian football are in mourning. Pending an official report on this tragic incident, we have lost a son and a brother.”

Ekeng spent the 2014-15 season at Cordoba but was unable to prevent their relegation from the Primera Division. The Spanish side wrote on their Twitter account: “There are no words to express our sorrow at the death of Patrick Ekeng. We mourn your loss. We will never forget you friend. RIP.”
In 2003, the Cameroon midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe died after collapsing on the pitch – during a Confederations Cup match against Colombia in France.

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