Defibrillator Saves Dutch Player’s Life in Reserves Match

A very frightening story from the Netherlands today as Ajax midfielder Evander Sno was taken to hospital after suffering a suspected heart attack during a reserves match.

Ajax confirmed that the 23 year-old collapsed on the field in the 63rd minute during a Monday night match against Vitesse Arnhem.

Sno, was resuscitated on the pitch by the medical staff of both clubs. A defibrillator had to be used four times, with the Vitesse club website stating that it “probably saved Sno’s life.”

Sno was in stable condition when the ambulance arrived. He’s currently receiving treatment in a nearby hospital.

The match was subsequently abandoned.

Sno is not the first player to collapse on the field in recent years.

In 2003, Cameroon’s Marc-Vivien Foe collapsed and died during a Confederations Cup match. In 2007, Sevilla’s Antonio Puerta also collapsed and died during his side’s opening league match against Getafe. And just last year, Espanyol’s Dani Jarque died of a heart attack during his team’s pre-season tour of Italy.

– with files from and

Photo: PA photos

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