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12:00 AM, August 28, 2007 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, August 28, 2007

Puerta's condition critical

Sevilla's defender Antonio Puerta remains in "critical" condition after collapsing with a heart attack during his side's 4-1 win over Getafe on the opening day of the Spanish season on Saturday, the hospital where he was admitted said Monday.
The 22-year-old Spanish international was hooked up to a life support machine with artificial respiration at Seville's Virgen del Rocio hospital, the hospital said in a statement.
"The situation of the patient after 36 hours of internment continues being critical as a result of the serious disorders caused by the heart attack," it said.
"The only really positive point is that his condition has not worsened," the statement added.
The heart attack which Puerta suffered "was long and was accompanied by possible brain lesions" and it was too early to tell if the player will make a full recovery or if there will be after effects, the hospital said.
Puerta collapsed after half an hour of the Getafe match, without any other player close to him. He collapsed a second time in the changing rooms before being taken to hospital.
In June 2003 28-year-old Cameroon midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe died after collapsing with a heart attack during a Confederations Cup semi-final against Colombia in Lyon.
In January 2004 Benfica's Hungarian international Miklos Feher died after collapsing from a heart attack just before the end of a league game against Vitoria Guimaraes. He was 24.

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