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Emergency responders turn to expired drugs as key lifesaving medicine supplies run low

By Associated Press, Published: July 12, 2012 AP

SALEM, Ore. — When paramedics ran out of a critical drug used to treat irregular heartbeats, the Bend Fire Department in Central Oregon dug into its stash of expired medications, loaded up the trucks and kept treating patients.

Paramedics reported asking some of those facing medical emergencies: “Is it OK if we use this expired drug?”

Emergency responders in various jurisdictions have reported turning to last resort practices as they struggle to deal with a shortage of drug supplies created by manufacturing delays and industry changes. Some are injecting expired medications or substituting alternatives. Others are simply going without.

As the drug crisis mounted for the Bend Fire Department earlier this year, the agency had 11 medications in its drug kits that were expired, despite risks that the pharmaceuticals might not work as intended in life-or-death situations. The crisis has eased a bit, but the agency still carries expired doses of two drugs in serving a city of 80,000 people.

“We’ve never (before) had to go diving back into the bin to try to retrieve expired boxes of drugs,” said Tom Wright, emergency medical services coordinator for the Bend Fire Department, which has been administering outdated medicines for about a year. “We had the backing of our insurance company that giving expired drugs is better than giving no drugs at all.”

He said that medics have not reported any adverse reactions.

Medications are only guaranteed to work as intended until their expiration date. When stored properly, most expired drugs won’t be harmful to patients but will become less effective with time, according to medical professionals. However, EMS officials said it’s often difficult to get information from manufacturers or regulators about how long specific medications will work.

The University of Utah’s Drug Information Service reports 275 medications are in short supply. Clinics and hospitals have reported struggles getting chemotherapy drugs to treat cancer and anesthetics used in surgery.

In the past two years, paramedics from different agencies have dealt with shortages of critical first-line drugs like Valium to treat seizures, dextrose 50 to boost the blood sugar of diabetics and magnesium sulfate for eclampsia, an attack of convulsions during pregnancy. They’ve run low on painkillers and sedation drugs.

Right now, EMS directors say they’re keeping a nervous eye on their supplies of epinephrine, for heart attacks and allergic reactions, and morphine, a painkiller.

Most of the shortages affecting emergency responders are of injectable generic medications. Drug manufacturers and the Food and Drug Administration say they’re working aggressively to track and prevent shortages, but it could take years to get supplies back to normal levels.

“Drug shortages are not a new phenomenon,” said Dave Gaugh, senior vice president for regulatory sciences at the Generic Pharmaceutical Association. “What’s new is the crisis level they’re at today.”

It was good fortune that no one around Mayer, Ariz., called 911 to report a seizure during the three weeks this year that the local fire district had no drugs to treat the condition.

Why Feelings of Guilt May Signal Leadership Potential

Stanford GSB researchers find that how people respond to mistakes can be a “clue to who they are.”

STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — When we think of a typical leader, most of us picture a person who’s sociable and upbeat. But new research puts a wrinkle in that stereotype, revealing an unexpected sign of leadership potential: the tendency to feel guilty. “Guilt-prone people tend to carry a strong sense of responsibility to others, and that responsibility makes other people see them as leaders,” says Becky Schaumberg, a doctoral candidate in organizational behavior who conducted the research with Francis Flynn, the Paul E. Holden Professor of Organizational Behavior.

In one study, Schaumberg and Flynn recruited groups of four or five strangers and gave them an online personality test that measured traits including guilt proneness, shame proneness, and extraversion, among others. Although “guilt” and “shame” may seem quite similar to most people — and both are indeed negative responses to knowing you did something wrong — psychologists recognize a crucial distinction between the two: Whereas someone who feels guilty feels bad about a specific mistake and wants to make amends, a person who’s ashamed of a mistake feels bad about himself or herself and shrinks away from the error. Everyone tends to respond to mistakes according to one or the other pattern, and by giving people a written test that asks them how they’d react to specific blunders — such as spilling wine on the cream-colored carpet at a co-worker’s housewarming — researchers peg participants as either guilt-prone or shame-prone. That distinction makes all the difference in who is seen as a leader, as the rest of this study revealed.

After giving participants the personality test, the researchers put each group in a lab and, without designating a leader, gave them about an hour to perform two group tasks, such as sketching out a marketing campaign for a new product. At the end of the tasks, participants rated one another on leadership qualities — taking charge of the task, for example, and leading the conversation. In all the groups tested, the people who were most likely to be judged by others as the group’s leaders tended to be the same ones who had scored highest in guilt proneness. Not only that, but guilt proneness predicted emerging leadership even more than did extraversion, a well-known marker of leadership.

Schaumberg explains that the group didn’t necessarily recognize these emerging leaders as particularly guilt-prone. Rather, guilt proneness  showed in actual behaviors: For example, in group discussions, guilt-prone members of the group seemed to the rest of the group to be making more of an effort than others to ensure everyone’s voice was being heard, to lead the discussion, and generally to take charge. “The group was picking up on those behaviors,” she says, and, given the experiment’s brief span, was picking up on them pretty quickly.

In another study, the researchers found similar results for actual employees. They gathered feedback from incoming MBA students’ former managers, clients, and co-workers, asking these colleagues to evaluate the students on established traits of leadership effectiveness, such as communication skills and the ability to motivate others. Even in this real-world setting, a strong link emerged between a participant’s guilt-proneness as measured in the personality test and the extent to which others saw the person as a leader.

If these results seem counterintuitive, it’s because we usually think of guilt as a negative emotion, whereas past research has noted that budding leaders tend to think positive. “Guilt proneness is an exception to that general trend,” Schaumberg says.

The key seems to be that although guilt feels unpleasant to the individual, it can be quite beneficial for the group, causing people to do what’s good for the group at personal cost — and sometimes even at the expense of other individuals. A dramatic example comes from another study, in which Schaumberg and Flynn found that guilt-prone managers were more likely to support layoffs to keep a company profitable than were those who are less guilt-prone. Even inducing a temporary sense of guilt made participants in an experiment more likely to endorse layoffs. It’s not that guilt-prone managers don’t feel bad having to lay people off — it’s that, for reasons the researchers are still investigating, guilt seems to create a greater sense of responsibility to the organization. “If people feel guilty toward their organizations, they’ll behave in ways that make sure they live up to the organization’s expectations,” Schaumberg says, “and these behaviors might not look like what we usually think of as guilt.”

Schaumberg first began investigating a possible link between guilt and leadership when she noticed that driven, hard-working people often mentioned guilt as a motivator. “You don’t usually think of guilt and leadership together, but we started thinking that people would want individuals who feel responsible to be their leaders.”

Interestingly, though, people aren’t just looking for someone who feels responsible: People who are prone to shame feel responsible too, but shame proneness — a tendency to judge yourself — didn’t predict leadership in these studies. Schaumberg believes that’s because the difference between guilt and shame leads to completely opposing behaviors: A person who’s ashamed tends to pull away from problems — wishing they weren’t at the party where they spilled the wine — whereas a guilt-prone person, tending to judge her actions rather than herself, is driven to solve problems (trying to clean the wine stain, for example).

That distinction may be the biggest lesson to take away from this research, both for aspiring leaders and for those looking to identify leaders. There are many ways of responding to mistakes or other problems, Schaumberg says, including blaming others and blaming yourself. But the most constructive response, and the one people seem to recognize as a sign of leadership, is to feel guilty enough to want to fix the problem. “When thinking about what traits are important for leaders to possess, there tends to be a focus on what people do well. But we know that people make mistakes and mess up, and it’s important to look at how people respond to those mistakes because that’s a clue to who they are.”

Marina Krakovsky

Toronto stage collapse kills man ahead of Radiohead concert

A stage at Toronto’s Downsview Park has collapsed in advance of this evening’s scheduled Radiohead concert, crushing a man in his 30s to death and injuring three others.

Calls came in to emergency crews at about 4 p.m. ET, and at least one ambulance was already on site. Police say a 30-something man was declared dead at the scene, and a 45-year-old man was transported to Sunnybrook Hospital with a serious but non-life threatening head injury. Two others had minor injuries and were released without treatment.

The man’s name is not being released until police notify his family.

The 7:30 p.m. concert is cancelled, and Radiohead’s official Twitter feed advised fans not to make their way to the venue.

Gates had been scheduled to open at 5 p.m.

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Alexandra Mihan was setting up in a beer tent parallel to the stage when she heard a sound like fireworks.

“Then everyone started screaming and gasping,” she told CBC News. “We turned around, and the entire top of the stage has just collapsed. All of the metalwork and all of the screens had just kind of folded over on top of each other.”

Food vendor Jeff Cole said between 10 and 15 crew members were on the large stage, which included screens and extensive lighting.

“It was like watching in slow motion,” he said. “The top just came straight down on the right side. The metal was all mangled. I’m staring at it right now, and it’s not a pretty sight.”

Firefighters went into the structure to extricate the man who died. It wasn’t clear whether the man was still alive when they found him.

The area was quickly cleared of witnesses by emergency crews.

Concert-goers at Toronto's Downsview subway station head home from Saturday's scheduled Radiohead show, which was cancelled due to a fatal accident. Concert-goers at Toronto’s Downsview subway station head home from Saturday’s scheduled Radiohead show, which was cancelled due to a fatal accident. (CBC)

“It’s very, very fortunate that the gates weren’t open, because it would have been pandemonium,” Cole said.

Police say the park wasn’t full but there was a considerable crowd of people already waiting for the show. The park is a frequent site of concerts, and 40,000 people were expected for tonight’s sold-out show by the hugely popular English band. The opener was to be Canadian act Caribou.

The weather in Toronto at the time of the accident was calm, with temperatures in the high 20s and the forecast calling for light winds.

Mihan said the weather was “beautiful.”

“It couldn’t have been the weather that attributed to the collapse.”

Toronto police Const. Tony Vella said the force will work closely with the Ontario Ministry of Labour to determine the cause of the disaster. He urged anyone who witnessed the collapse to come forward.

Vella said he didn’t know yet who the temporary stage belonged to.

Several stage accidents

The stage collapse is one of several high-profile accidents at concert sites throughout North America in recent years — though the others happened during inclement weather and with fans nearby.

In August 2009, the collapse of a stage at Alberta’s Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose, Alta., killed a 35-year-old woman when a storm blew in.

In July 2011, a stage at Ottawa Bluesfest fell in a storm just moments after the band Cheap Trick had left the stage. No one was killed, but several people were treated for injuries.

On Aug. 13, 2011, a wind gust toppled the main stage at the Indiana State Fair, killing five people and injuring 45 other as they were waiting for the band Sugarland to perform. A study determined the stage was poorly designed.

Tour de France sabotage? Tacks derail 30 riders

Tour de France sabotage? Tacks derail 30 riders

(AP) TOULOUSE, France – Tour de France riders have already battled crashes, flares, and fans or dogs straying into their roads. Now, some ne’er-do-well dumped tacks on the road, and if the aim was to disrupt cycling’s big race, it worked. But as cyclists often do in the face of difficulty, they kept going. Bradley Wiggins of Britain, the Queen Bee of the pack because he is wearing the yellow jersey, drew plaudits for at least slowing its pace and waiting for defending champ Cadel Evans in Sunday’s Stage 14. Tour officials estimated that around 30 competitors in the main pack blew flats near the day’s steepest climb, the Mur de Peguere, as Luis Leon Sanchez led a breakaway far ahead of the trouble to win the stage. One rider crashed as a result of the tacks. Spectator hit by Tour de France sponsor’s vehicle French police — who line the course route by the hundreds for crowd control each stage — were investigating the rare if not unprecedented, incident in a sport already saddled with issues from doping to crashes.

Bath Salts Feared Behind Causeway Cannibal:

A street drug called “bath salts” that turns users delirious, aggressive and overheated, may have played a role in the bizarre street attack in Miami in which a man had his face cannibalized by another man, says an emergency room doctor.

Whether the drug was involved in Saturday’s macabre violence has yet to be confirmed by autopsy results on the attacker, but Dr. Paul Adams an emergency room doctor at Jackson Memorial Hospital said he found similarities in the behaviour found in other users.

“We noticed an increase probably after Ultra Fest,” Adams told the local CBS station in Miami. The electronic music festival was held in March in Miami.

The physical trauma follows a pattern, he said: extremely high body temperatures, strong aggressive, attacks using the mouth and jaws, he said.

“Extremely strong, I took care of a 150-pound individual who you would have thought he was 250 pounds,” Adams said. “It took six security officers to restrain the individual.”

The strength and violence of the users posed a serious threat, he said.

“It’s dangerous for the police,” said Adams. “It’s dangerous for the firefighters. It’s dangerous for the hospital workers taking care of them because they come in, they have to be restrained both chemically and physically and you’re asking for someone to get hurt.”

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration made it illegal last October to own or buy three of the chemicals commonly used to make “bath salts”: the synthetic stimulants mephedrone, MDPV, and methylone.

Another local Miami station, WPLG-ABC, identified the attacker who was shot and killed by police as Rudy Eugene, 31, a homeless man whose marriage ended because of violence.

He met his now ex-wife in high school at North Miami Beach Senior High.

“I wouldn’t say he had mental problem but he always felt like people was against him type of attitude. No one was for him, everyone was against him,” said Eugene’s ex-wife.

The two filed for divorce in 2007 during a violent point in their relationship, the TV station said.

Ives Eugene, who identified himself as Rudy Eugene’s uncle, described his nephew as a “nice and hard-working” man who washed cars at a local dealership.

In a telephone interview, Eugene, 55, said his nephew had asked his girlfriend to borrow her car, but she said no. “So he rode the bicycle, and he never came back home.”

Ives Eugene said the family heard Monday about the attack but did not know what caused it.

Security video from the adjacent Miami Herald building captured snippets of the violence on the MacArthur Causeway’s off-ramp as the two men — one dead, the other gravely injured — lay on the sidewalk as scores of officers arrived.

The victim remained at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center. In addition to eating the man’s flesh, his attacker, according to police sources, tried to gouge out his eyes,

The victim and the officer have not been identified.

Police said it all began about 2 p.m. Saturday when a Road Ranger spotted the men and shouted on his loudspeaker for the attacker to back away. Meanwhile, a woman also saw what was happening flagged down an officer.

One witness, Larry Vega, told a local TV station he was riding his bicycle on the MacArthur when he saw a man tearing off pieces of the victim’s flesh with his mouth.

“I told him to get off,” Vega told the station, “and the guy just kept eating the other guy away.”

Vega said he found a police officer, who approached and told the attacker to get off the man.

“The guy just stood, his head up like that, with pieces of flesh in his mouth,” Vega said. “And he growled.”

The officer fired, striking the attacker, but the man kept chewing, Vega said. The officer fired again, hitting him several more times, eventually killing him.

After that, Vega said, all he saw was blood.

“It’s one of the most gruesome things I’ve ever seen in my life in person,” he told the station.

Torstar News, with files from the Associated Press

One Festivalgoer Dies, Dozens Hurt at Dallas’ Electric Daisy Carnival

Posted on Jun 20th 2011 5:03PM by Cameron Matthews

The Electric Daisy Carnival, a popular dance music festival in Dallas, Texas that featured appearances by Diplo, Paul Van Dyk and Skrillex, was the scene of one death and dozens of injuries, the Dallas Observer reports.

“It was crazy. There were too many kids on stage,” Diplo told the paper about the event, which is estimated to have drawn well over 11,000 people.

An investigation has been opened into the Saturday, June 18 death of 19-year-old Andrew Graf, though authorities have not yet revealed the cause. Others who were hospitalized at the rave were treated for dehydration and alcohol poisoning. Billboard reports that one of those treated remains in critical condition.

Due to the excessive heat — and, possibly, drug usage — at this year’s Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee, two people perished earlier this month and the tragic trend continued at the Electric Daisy Carnival, which has had fatalities in the past. In 2010, one of the festival’s many events was held in Los Angeles, Calif., where a 15-year-old girl died of an ecstasy overdose.

“Our condolences and deepest sympathy go out to the family and friends of the man who passed away tonight,” Pasquale Rotella, the CEO and founder of the festival’s organizers, Insomniac, said in a stament. “To go from a moment of happiness and enjoyment, to the loss of life, is very heartbreaking. We would like to ask everyone to keep the concertgoer and his family in their thoughts and prayers. Along with the independent local promoters in Dallas, we will work with the authorities to understand how this tragedy occurred.”

Death at Kentucky Derby under investigation

Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Investigators are trying to uncover clues in the mysterious death of a track worker whose body was found in a horse stable just a matter of hours after I’ll Have Another was crowned champion of the Kentucky Derby.

A Kentucky coroner refused to release autopsy results Monday for 48-year-old Adan Fabian Perez, whose body was found Sunday morning in the back portion of Barn No. 8. That’s just a few barns away from where I’ll Have Another was stabled.

Authorities have no suspects but stressed that Perez’s killing had no apparent connection to the iconic horse race. Jo-Ann Farmer, chief deputy coroner for Jefferson County, said Monday she was withholding information pending the investigation into the death. She said the autopsy did reveal injuries on Perez’s body.

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Louisville Police Lt. Barry Wilkerson said investigators are asking witnesses to come forward. There were several altercations in that area of Churchill Downs Saturday night, and police are trying to determine if Perez’s death is connected to any of them, Wilkerson said.

Perez was a native of Guatemala and lived at the track’s quarters for workers, according to Jo-Ann Farmer, chief deputy coroner for Jefferson County. But few other details about the man were immediately known.

“Our investigation is ongoing as to why he would have specifically been at this location,” said Alicia Smiley, spokeswoman for Louisville Metro Police.

As police called for witnesses, life on the backside of the track returned to normal, with trucks and horse trailers passing through the gates and hot walkers and exercise riders finishing their morning shifts giving horses their workouts. Hot walkers walk the horses to cool them off after a heavy workout.

Carlos Gomez, a 28-year-old exercise rider, said workers were talking about Perez’s death, but it wasn’t disrupting their work.

“Nobody knows what happened,” Gomez said.

Laura Belzia, a 38-year-old hot walker, said fights sometimes happen in the cramped quarters of the horse barns, but it doesn’t normally escalate to killings. Belzia, who lives in an apartment outside the track, didn’t know Perez. She said some of her co-workers might be reluctant to talk to police, either out of fear of the person who committed the crime or because they are illegally in the country.

“Nobody is going to tell what happened,” Belzia told the Associated Press. “Sometimes people here … get scared and quit talking.”

Faustino Aguilar, a 29-year-old exercise rider with six years of experience at the track, said some are nervous about the idea that one of their own killed someone near the barns.

“Everybody wants to catch the guy who did that,” Aguilar said. “They do it once, they may do it more.”

Churchill Downs security called police at 4:50 a.m. The body was found in a barn used by Louisville trainer Angel Montano Sr.

Montano did not have a horse running Saturday either in the undercard or the Derby, which saw a record attendance of more than 165,000. A telephone call, text and Twitter message left for Montano were not immediately returned.

About 200 people live at Churchill Downs at any given time – either in dormitories on the edge of the property or in small apartments above some of the barns themselves.

Although Montano’s barn is near where this year’s Derby winner is kept, there was little talk of the incident Sunday in the stable area.

Instead, I’ll Have Another’s trainer and owners were participating in the usual post-Derby media interviews and speculating about the next race in the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes, in three weeks.

About a week after last year’s Kentucky Derby, jockey Michael Baze’s body was found in a vehicle near the stables at the famed Louisville track. His death was ruled an accidental drug overdose.

Associated Press writers Dylan Lovan in Louisville and Norman Gomlak in Atlanta contributed to this report.

Fabrice Muamba Heart Attack: Bolton Soccer Player ‘In Effect’ Dead For 78 Minutes, Says Doctor

By ROB HARRIS 03/21/12 04:47 PM ET

 

LONDON — Fabrice Muamba’s heart stopped beating on its own for 78 minutes and “in effect, he was dead in that time,” Bolton’s team doctor said Wednesday.

The 23-year-old Bolton midfielder collapsed during an FA Cup match against Tottenham on Saturday after suffering from cardiac arrest. He was taken to London Chest Hospital where he’s improving and talking to doctors after needing 15 shocks from a defibrillator.

Medics tried unsuccessfully to revive Muamba for 48 minutes on Saturday before he arrived at the hospital, Bolton team doctor Jonathan Tobin said. It took another 30 minutes, after 15 shocks from a defibrillator, before the player’s heart started beating again on its own.

“They were working on him without his heart having a muscular beat,” Tobin said. “In effect, he was dead in that time … throughout the whole resuscitation period you are worrying.

“You know the longer the resuscitation goes on the less chance there is of survival, but this is slightly different. This is a very fit 23-year-old.”

On Monday, the former England under-21 international started breathing independently and speaking. He likely survived because of the emergency care, which kept blood and oxygen supplied to his vital organs. Defibrillators are used to restore normal heart rhythm when there is no beat or an irregular beat.

Dr. Andrew Deaner, a cardiologist and Tottenham fan who was at the game Saturday, left his seat and rushed onto the field to help Muamba.

“If you’re going to use the term ‘miraculous,’ I guess it could be used here,” Deaner said. “He has made a remarkable recovery so far.

“Two hours after (regaining consciousness) I whispered in his ear, ‘What’s your name?’ and he said, ‘Fabrice Muamba.’ I said, ‘I hear you’re a really good footballer’ and he said, ‘I try.’ I had a tear in my eye.”

The cause of the cardiac arrest is yet to be discovered. The doctors said Muamba had undergone a routine screening for heart defects in August. He was checked again on Sunday, with the test producing a “normal” result.

It is too early to say if he will return to the field.

“As things stand, his life is not in danger at this time,” Deaner said. “It is early days, so it is not possible to say (if he will play again).”

Tobin added that the “early signs of recovery have continued.”

“I went to see Fabrice last night,” Tobin said Wednesday. “He said, ‘Hi Doc.’ I asked him how he was and he said, ‘Fine.’”

Muamba was visited on Wednesday by former Arsenal teammate Thierry Henry, the New York Red Bulls striker, who flew to London. Muamba went from the Arsenal academy in 2002 to the first team in 2005 before leaving two years later for Birmingham. In 2008, he moved to Bolton.

On Wednesday, with Muamba’s condition improving, the squad decided to go ahead with Saturday’s match against Blackburn. Bolton also will return to White Hart Lane on Tuesday to play Tottenham in the FA Cup quarterfinal match that was abandoned after Muamba collapsed just before halftime.

“We spoke together with the players as a group this morning and I talked with Fabrice’s family last night,” Bolton manager Owen Coyle said. “Fabrice’s father Marcel and his fiancee Shauna were keen that we fulfill our fixtures. Once the players knew this, there was no doubt in our minds that we would play the matches.”

 

Sports briefs: Italian soccer player dies of heart attack during game

Milan • Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini died Saturday after suffering cardiac arrest and collapsing on the field during a Serie B match at Pescara. He was 25.

Edoardo De Blasio, a cardiologist at Pescara’s Santo Spirito hospital, confirmed the death.

Unfortunately he was already dead when he arrived at hospital,” De Blasio said. “He didn’t regain consciousness.”

Morosini, who was on loan from Udinese, fell to the ground in the 31st minute of the match and tried unsuccessfully to get up several times before receiving medical attention on the field. A defibrillator was used on the player, who also had his heart massaged, before an ambulance arrived on the field. He was taken to the hospital where doctors tried to revive him for more than an hour.

A consultant in the hemodynamics department at the hospital, who was watching the game and rushed to help before the ambulance arrived, said Morosini never regained consciousness.

“Morosini never had a single heartbeat again,” Leonardo Paloscia said. “From when I arrived he never gave a sign of revival, not in his respiration nor his heartbeat. When I arrived everything (his heart, respiration) was stopped.

“No one can say what the cause was, I think nothing will come out until after the autopsy.”

The autopsy likely will be held on Monday. All Italian matches this weekend were called off after the death was announced.

“We are living through a drama,” Pescara’s general manager, Danilo Iannascoli, told Sky Italia.

It was the latest high-profile case of a soccer player collapsing from heart failure on the field, coming less than a month after Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba suffered cardiac arrest during a game in England.

Muamba survived, but remains in intensive care with steady progress.

An inquiry into Morosini’s death will be opened and focus on the car belonging to traffic police that blocked the ambulance’s way into the stadium. A window had to be broken so the car could be moved, while players and officials were frantically gesturing for the ambulance to get there.

“At the beginning we didn’t really understand the seriousness of the situation,” Pescara goalkeeper Luca Anania said. “I immediately ran to Livorno’s half, where Morosini had fallen.

“There was great confusion and I seemed to understand that there was also a bit of delay in help arriving, because they said the ambulance couldn’t get on the pitch because the entrance was blocked by another car. Some of my teammates helped carry the stretcher by hand to the ambulance.”

The match was abandoned with Livorno leading 2-0, and several players left the field in tears. Livorno players and officials rushed to hospital, where they were told their teammate had passed away.

“Only tears. There are no words to express what I tried to when I found out about Piermario Morosini’s death,” FIFA President Sepp Blatter tweeted in Italian. “The tragedy which hit everyone who wished him well, is a source of great pain for football fans.”

Morosini was orphaned in his teens. His mother died when he was 15 and his father died two years later. His brother died shortly afterward, leaving the young Morosini with just an older sister.

Are music concerts getting any safer since Sugarland stage collapse?

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