By Chris Wright
Former Celtic and Bristol City midfielder Evander Sno had to spend Saturday night in hospital after suffering his second on-pitch heart attack in the space of two years while playing for Dutch side NEC against Feyenoord.
25-year old Sno sank to his knees after half-an-hour having felt a shock in his chest, which it turns out was actually the internal defibrillator he had fitted after suffering his first attack (during an Ajax reserve game in 2010) going off as the result of a small heart wobble.
Feyenoord’s club doctor, Casper van Eijk, told the Dutch press shortly after the game:
“Evander had a cardiac arrest which was followed by a shock from his internal defibrillator. And the shock is what he felt and that terrified him, which I could see in his eyes on the pitch.
“He was transported to a hospital because the defibrillator caused arrhythmia (an abnormal heart beat) so he has to stay there for the night.”
Sno resumed training for Ajax just two weeks after his first heart attack, but we expect he may not be so cavalier this time around. Two attacks in the space of two years is not a healthy ratio in any walk of life.
As such, a preemptive early retirement must surely be on the cards?