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December 7, 2022

Forensic doctor says football player Ekeng died of heart condition. Private Ambulance Service activity was suspended for irregularities

Football player Patrick Ekeng of Dinamo Bucharest has died of a heart condition, forensic doctor Adbo Salem told Agerpres on Monday.

The doctor said the postmortem revealed a heart condition. “I noticed that his heart was bigger even for an athlete. (…) Such hypertrophy predisposes to arrhythmias and heart attacks. He suffered from a heart condition, and that was the cause of his death,” the doctor added.

He said more findings are expected from other investigations. “I did the first part. We are now waiting for the laboratory to send us their first results. Had the samples not been needed, we would have not collected. We need the findings of this investigation as well,” the doctor said.

Dinamo Bucharest football player Patrick Ekeng died on Friday evening after collapsing on the playfield in minute 70 of a match against FC Viitorul.

On Monday morning, police officers from the Homicide Service raided “Puls” Ambulance Service, from where they picked-up several documents. Investigations are made in this case on suspicious death of the footballer Patrick Ekeng, since he would not have received the adequate first aid.

Police sources indicated that the Director of the “Puls” Ambulance Service itself was also heard. Moreover, on Monday were also heard the doctors from “Floreasca” Emergency Hospital, namely the hospital were Ekeng was brought by a “Puls” ambulance after he suddenly collapsed on the playfield.

The inspectors from the Department for Emergency Situations (DSU) performed an inspection at PULS, finding expired medicines, expired adrenaline vials which were used for resuscitation procedures, defibrillators with discharged batteries. The representatives of the private service couldn’t answer who is the person in charge with the pre-hospital medical activity.

Thus, suspension for 30 days was decided, together with a fine amounting RON 20,000. Following the inspection at PULS Ambulance Service, the state institutions, namely Ministry of Internal Affairs (MAI) and Health Ministry, identified the following irregularities: changing ambulances classification without having the legal approval. The only operational ambulances were of A type (only for carrying patients), while the other three ambulances of B and C type (for emergencies) were registered as defective.

All categories of interventions, including emergencies, were performed with ambulances of A type, which were incompletely equipped. There have been identified medicines and medical supplies which were out of date. Medicines that were expired since May 2015, were also found by the inspectors in the doctors’ and medical assistants’ kits. Among these, the inspectors found adrenaline vials, which are used for resuscitation procedures. On the ambulances operated by the private company, inspectors found defibrillators having discharged batteries. According to the investigation performed by MAI and Health Ministry, the representatives of the private service couldn’t indicate the person in charge with the pre-hospital medical activity within the company. “These issues represent negligence and serious deviations, for which the trade company providing private ambulance services is responsible”, states the press release of the two institutions.


The sister of Patrick Ekeng: ‘He said he was very tired’


The sister of Patrick Ekeng, who died after collapsing while playing for Dinamo Bucharest, claims he said he was “feeling very tired” before the game.

“He told his best friend he was not able to play,” Monique Chantal, Ekeng’s elder sister, told BBC Sport.

“He said he was very tired.”

She added: “Patrick was very generous, a gentleman. It is very painful he is leaving behind a family – it is like a dream, a nightmare.”

Celine Chemi, Ekeng’s mother, said: “It is difficult to talk about my son at this moment, but I believe in God and submit to his will.




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