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Ambulance delay probed in Morosini death

  • Reuters, Monday, April 16, 2012 3:07 PM

The death of Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini during a game on Saturday has triggered investigations into a delay in the ambulance's arrival and calls for more medical equipment at sporting events. Morosini, 25, collapsed after a cardiac arrest in the 31st minute during a match at Pescara in central Italy. He never regained consciousness.

An ambulance was delayed by three minutes outside the Pescara stadium because a city police car was parked in front of the emergency passageway. Stewards broke a car window and pushed the vehicle of the way.

Doctors who were on the scene suggested that three minutes time probably would not have changed the tragic outcome. "Everything that could be done was done," Ernesto Sabatini, one of the doctors who treated Morosini, told Ansa news agency. "I was one of the first on the field and when I got to him he was already stiff."

Piero Gnudi, Italy's minister for sport and tourism, told state television late on Saturday that he would see whether sophisticated medical equipment, including defibrillators, should be readily available at all professional sporting events. Last month former Italy volleyball international and Olympic silver medallist Vigor Bovolenta, 37, died on court in a fourth division game after a similar heart problem to Morosini.

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