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Young football player dies on pitch

Andrei Mutulescu (23), one of the players of second tier team Juventus Bucharest, suffered a cardiac arrest while playing football with his friends in a park, realitatea.net informs. Doctors struggled for one and a half hours to resuscitate the young man but to no avail. “He simply collapsed. He fell without anyone hitting him, without anyone touching him. He collapsed. He had a similar problem two months ago,” one of Andrei’s friends stated. Andrei Mutulescu fainted during a friendly game that Juventus Bucharest played against Sageata Navodari on February 15.

This time however the doctors were unable to help him. “We performed advanced resuscitation maneuvers. The patient was ventilated; he was given the appropriate medication, we used electric shocks. Unfortunately, despite our efforts that lasted for well over one and a half hours his heart did not resume beating,” Dr. Iancu Florenta explained.

According to www.gsp.ro, after the February incident the player was hospitalized several days within the intensive care unit of the ‘Bagdasar Arseni’ Hospital in Bucharest and was told to avoid sustained physical effort for three months, period at the end of which he was set to undergo a new series of medical investigations.

The aforementioned source also writes that Mutulescu’s heart problems were discovered as far back as 2010 when he was playing for Farul Constanta. The club sent him to the Bucharest-based National Institute for Sports Medicine. There the player received a medical green light. Farul Constanta canceled his contract during the mid-season break, Mutulescu coming to Bucharest where he underwent trials for Juventus Bucharest. The February 15 incident took place during those trials.

Marian Rusen, President Juventus Bucharest, stated for ‘Gazeta Sporturilor’: “Because of the problems he had during the friendly against Sageata Navodari in February, Mutulescu was yet to sign for us. I told him he could continue to play football, he could play for us, the moment he comes with a green light from the doctors. From what I know after the problems he had in February the doctors told him to take a 3-month break and then to repeat the medical tests. It seems that when you love something, even football, you disregard other people’s advice. He was a very good boy, he was polite, and a very good player. May God rest his soul!”

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