The FC Porto handball goalkeeper suffered a cardiorespiratory arrest during training this Monday, and is in an induced coma.
According to the newspaper O Jogo, Alfredo Quintana remains in the intensive care unit of Hospital de São João. His situation is stable, but he is in an induced coma, intubated and with very reserved prognosis. The sports newspaper adds that the first 24 hours will be decisive, as will the following days.
The Game also found that the athlete, who suffered a cardiorespiratory arrest during training on Monday, has already recovered from the cardiac part, but has a small brain edema for the time it was stopped. Only in the next few hours will it be possible to see whether or not the Portuguese-Cuban will have brain ailments or not.
Speaking to Jornal de Notícias, Augusto Roxo, doctor of the handball team, said that Quintana “is also a great athlete at a physiological level”, so he was very surprised by the news.
“He is well placed in the care of colleagues at the Hospital de São João”, underlined the doctor, leaving words of “Strength and hope” the family.
This Tuesday morning, in the usual “Dragões Diário” newsletter, FC Porto wrote that “everyone’s thoughts are with Alfredo Quintana”.
Last night at flash interview after the game with Marítimo, which the blues and whites won 1-2, the football coach of the main team, Sérgio Conceição, also started by sending a “hug to the family” of the athlete, having added that at this time all are “few to pray for him and ask God for everything to work out for the best ”.
Midfielder Matheus Uribe also dedicated the victory to the handball athlete. “I take this opportunity to dedicate this victory to Alfredo Quintana. We are all with him. A lot of strength, ”he said after the meeting.
Quintana, who turns 33 on March 20, was born in Havana, Cuba, having joined FC Porto in 2010, becoming the great club reference that decade.
He was champion by Porto fans in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2019, the year in which he also won the Portuguese Cup and the Super Cup, which he had also won in 2010 and 2014.
The 2.01-meter athlete naturalized Portuguese and became international in 2014, through coach Rolando Freitas, having so far represented the country in 66 games and scored 10 goals.
This Quintana era back to being fundamental at FC Porto, who leads the league with 19 wins in as many games. This Sunday, in the 34-26 victory at Águas Santas, he made 14 saves and scored two goals.
As alternatives in goal, FC Porto has Macedonian Nikola Mitrevski and young Diogo Rêma.
The Portuguese-Cuban was part of the Portuguese handball team that won the 10th place in the World Cup that took place this year in Egypt, his best classification ever.