Doctors at the Kavaja Hospital in Albania say Ghana international footballer Raphael Dwamena was dead before the ambulance carrying him arrived at the hospital despite arriving in record time on Saturday.
“The patient came to the Kavaja hospital in the ‘black code’, that is, he had exitus (medical term for death), without vital parameters, without tension, without breathing, without cardiac activity. There was no activity in the EKG,” said Dr Lala.
The former Black Stars attacker has battled with the heart conditions for years.
Dwamena was diagnosed with a heart condition in 2017. In January 2020, while at Levante UD he had an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) implanted through surgery, which enabled his club to monitor his heart during matches. In October 2020, the ICD showed values which were considered too high, and his club at the time, Vejle Boldklub, withdrew him from team activities as a result.
In October 2021, in Austrian Cup match during the first half of Blau-Weiss Linz’s game against Hartberg, Dwamena collapsed on pitch and was shocked by the ICD and stabilized quickly.
On 11 November 2023, the Ghanaian collapsed again on the field in the 23rd minute of the first half of the round 13 match between Egnatia and Partizani in the Kategoria Superiore. He suffered cardiac arrest and died on the way to Kavajë Hospital. After his death, all sports events in Albania were either postponed or suspended.
We at Ghanasportspage.com say “Rest in peace , Raphael Dwamena”