Illness on the pitch during the game, a Fortitudo Messina basketball player dies in hospital at the age of 32

Illness on the pitch during the game, a Fortitudo Messina basketball player dies in hospital at the age of 32
Illness on the pitch during the game, a Fortitudo Messina basketball player dies in hospital at the age of 32

The Sickness on the court, then the rush to the hospital but for the basketball player Haitem Jabeur Fathallah, 32 years old under the Fortitudo Messina there was nothing to be done. Haitem Jabeur Fathallah died at the Reggio Calabria hospital where he was taken after an illness that hit him during a meeting between his team and the Dierre Reggio, valid for championship from Serie C Gold.

He died at the age of 14 after falling into a purification tank: he wanted to retrieve a balloon

Illness in the field

Fathallah, while engaged in a phase of play, he collapsed and passed out. The match was immediately suspended to help the basketball player. The player was taken to hospital in an ambulance, but died shortly after being admitted.

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After Fathallah collapsed, some doctors also intervened who attended the match from the stands and tried in vain to revive the player. The doctors, after realizing the gravity of the situation, asked for the intervention of an ambulance equipped for resuscitation.

The player, after the illness that hit him and during the transport to the hospital, was always unconscious. Fathallah had over 250 appearances in senior basketball leagues. Born in Agrigento, after playing with Porto Empedocle, Racalmuto and Licata, he arrived in Messina in the 2016/2017 season, playing first in the Basket School and later in the Fortitudo Messina.

A tragic series

The drama of basketball player Haitem Jabeur Fathallah extends a tragic series that unites athletes from many ‘non-dangerous’ disciplines, from football to basketball to volleyball. The memory of what happened to Christian Eriksen at the last European football championships, a story that fortunately did not have a lethal outcome, is still fresh and it is not necessary to go far back in time to go back to events that ended dramatically, as happened at the beginning of the year in Portugal to the 24-year-old footballer Brazilian Alex Apolinario.

Still in football, in Italy the cases of Giuliano Taccola, Renato Curi and Piermario are not forgotten Morosini, who died on the pitch, by Daniel Jarque and Davide Astori, found lifeless in his room in a hotel in Udine, where the team was away, in 2018. But in the sports halls the sudden death of volleyball player Vigor Bovolenta (38 years old) is still remembered ) or the basketball player Davide Ancilotto, who died during a friendly match: the player collapsed to the ground hit by a cerebral aneurysm. Further the case of Luciano Vendemini, who died in 1977 from a ruptured aorta.


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