SoccerSunday, July 6, 2014
Alfredo Di Stéfano in coma after heart attack
MADRID — Argentine-born Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stéfano was in a coma and in serious condition following a heart attack yesterday.
After being resuscitated on a Madrid street by paramedics, the 88-year-old Di Stéfano was taken to Madrid’s Gregorio Marañón Hospital where he remains in coma.
The hospital medical report said Di Stéfano was “stable” but “serious.” It said he has been sedated, received a tracheal intubation, and was on mechanical ventilation. A spokeswoman for Madrid’s emergency service Samur told The Associated Press that an ambulance was called to attend Di Stéfano at Juan Ramón Jiménez street, just north of the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, at 5pm. She spoke on condition of anonymity because of department policy preventing her from being identified by name.
She said paramedics found Di Stéfano’s heart had stopped beating and he wasn’t breathing, but they managed to resuscitate him after 18 minutes.
Dubbed “La Saeta Rubia” (The Blond Arrow) for his speed, Di Stéfano is a former Argentina forward who helped Madrid win five straight European Champions Cups from 1956-60, and eight Spanish league titles. He was voted European player of the year in 1957 and 1959.
He retired at the age of 40 in 1966, ending a 22-year playing career. He turned 88 on Friday.
Herald staff with AP