The Romanian Justice today found guilty of manslaughter the doctor who attended the Cameroonian international of the Dinamo Bucharest Patrick Ekeng, who died in 2016 in the hospital to which he was transferred after collapsing during a first division match.
The Bucharest Court of Appeal considers that the condemned doctor, Elena Duta, was grossly negligent in not trying to revive the Cameroonian player during the three minutes it took for the ambulance to arrive.
The sentence, which cannot be appealed, establishes a prison sentence of 18 months, which is suspended, and obliges the convicted person to do community service for two months.
During the investigation of the death of the player, who was 26 years old, it was discovered that the ambulance that transferred him was not equipped with the necessary resuscitation equipment.
The Court has also ordered that compensation of 200,000 euros, covered by the insurance company that covered the match, be paid to the footballer’s family, according to the Romanian newspaper Gazeta Sporturilor.
“We believe that justice has been served and we hope it is a warning sign, both for the clubs and for those who provide medical care to athletes,” said Ekeng’s family lawyer Vlad Hossu.
Ekeng, who was 26 years old at the time of his death, died of cardiorespiratory arrest on 6 May 2016 in a hospital in Bucharest, where he had been transferred after collapsing during the Dinamo-Viitorul of the Romanian league.
According to the autopsy, Ekeng suffered from heart problems. The Cameroonian’s death caused consternation in Romania, where Dinamo fans constantly remember him at his matches and went to raise funds for the footballer’s family.
Ekeng, who became an international with the Cameroon team, played for Córdoba between 2014 and 2015 and previously was for the French club Le Mans and the Swiss club Lausanne.