World sport is in mourning. The Italian basketball player Haitem Fathallah died this Sunday, October 17, after suffering a cardiac arrest in the middle of the game of the Serie C Gold, the third division of the basketball Italian. The 32-year-old fainted abruptly during his team’s match, the Fortitudo Messina, against Reggio Calabria.
Haitem Fathallah suffered a heart attack in the third quarter of the game and fell abruptly to the ground. After that, the match was immediately paralyzed and the player received first aid on the field. Even some doctors who attended the game came down from the stands to support the resuscitation of the athlete.
Seeing the seriousness of the matter, an ambulance was requested and Fathallah was rushed to a nearby hospital. Regrettably, the medics couldn’t save the player, that since his collapse he never regained consciousness. This was reported by the Italian Basketball Federation (FIP) through a statement.
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“The President of the IFJ Giovanni Petrucci, on a personal level and interpreting the emotions of Italian basketball, embraces incredulous and shares the condolences of the Fathallah family for the death of Haitem, a Fortitudo Messina player during the Serie C Gold match against Pierre RC “, said the maximum entity of Italian basketball.