This is certainly not a post we ever wanted to write but as most of you may have heard, former F.Marinos player and legend, Naoki Matsuda, is currently in critical condition after suddenly collapsing and suffering a cardio-respiratory arrest during a training session yesterday morning at his current club, Matsumoto Yamaga (JFL).
News is still a little scarce but what we do know is that he collapsed about 35mins into his training session after doing some light jogging. Clubs medics quickly rushed to his aid and administered emergency resuscitation and heart massages but it wasn’t enough to revive him before the ambulance arrived. Medics have said that they believe its likely that he went into full cardio pulmonary arrest shortly after reaching the hospital due to him not responding from the heart massages.
As of now, Naoki is currently on life support and from what we can gather, his heart is now beating regularly thanks to the artificial respiration machines he on. What is unclear however, is how long he went without oxygen before the paramedics showed up which means there could be a possibility of him suffering from brain damage should he have been starved of air for too long. Doctors have described his condition as “critical” and have mentioned that he has yet to regain consciousness.
Naoki’s long-term footballing comrade and close friend, Shunsuke Nakamura, departed immediately to the hospital in Nagano upon hearing the news. Arriving at the intensive care unit at 10pm last night with former Yokohama player, Shoji Jo, Shunsuke looked sullenly without uttering a word as he silently viewed Naoki through the viewing window. Upon leaving the hospital, Shunsuke simply said “I believe that he will recover from this” before getting back into the private-hire car he came in.
As of typing this, there has been no further updates regarding Naoki’s condition but rest assured we are following his status very closely and you will all know any new news regarding his condition as soon we do. In the meantime, all we can do is offer our prayers to him and his family who must be going through an unimaginably tough time.
Here is the news as it broke on local T.V: