He had a heart attack in the middle of the match, James Rodríguez helped save his life and thanked him in a profound letter

Ousmane recalled the Colombian’s maneuver from the hospital

The dramatic images that were experienced during the match between Al-Rayyan and Al-Wakrah had worldwide repercussions due to the leading role it played James Rodriguez to save the life of Ousmane Coulibaly. The 32-year-old footballer from Mali collapsed due to a heart attack on the pitch and the Colombian took immediate action to accommodate his head, in a recognized key maneuver so that the player could breathe properly before the arrival of the medical services that continued the process.

Already in the hospital and completely out of danger, Ousmane dedicated a long letter to thank all those who helped him. “A long message to update you on my news and thank everyone who kept me here today. On January 9, 2022, I suffered a heart attack on the pitch shortly before the end of the first half. Many people did what was necessary to revive me immediately after my fall. Thanks to God and the work of these heroes I was saved, “he began on his social networks.

Both clubs came together to wish Coulibaly a speedy recovery
Both clubs came together to wish Coulibaly a speedy recovery

And he added in gratitude to the coffee grower: “Thanks to James Rodríguez who had the first gesture holding my head, as well as Saoud Al Khater who motioned for the medical team to enter instantly. Thank you Doctor Mukhtar Shabaan for rescuing me and providing moral support to my wife. As well as the entire health body that was present at the scene and did an outstanding job until I was transferred to the hospital.

It is worth remembering that Coulibaly collapsed at 42 minutes and, at that moment, the meeting authorities decided to end the first stage of the match that was played in the stadium Al-Gharafah, from Doha. “Thank you very much to my wife, my other half for being by my side. All my family and friends who supported me in their prayers and duhas. Thanks to everyone who prayed for me. Thank you for your messages of love and support thank you. Take care and enjoy your families. I love! Ousmane”, ended with a photo with a smile in the hospital.

He also accompanied with different images of the two campuses making a corridor to receive the doctors where they were given bouquets of roses in gratitude for their quick action and both teams posed for a group photo in which two jerseys were presented, one from each club, with the number 21 and the name Coulibaly on each of them to commemorate that the accident was simply a scare .


The 32-year-old Al-Wakrah footballer collapsed on the pitch and had to be treated immediately by doctors to avoid a tragedy.


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