Anthony Van Loo, ICD Patient
“I went after the ball–suddenly I didn’t feel very well. I reached for my head and in three seconds I was down. I don’t remember anything after that.”
Just before halftime, soccer defender Anthony Van Loo suddenly collapsed and dropped to the ground. Three, four, maybe five seconds later–a shock. That shock was the implantable cardioverter defibrillator that was implanted in the footballer half a year ago. Van Loo, who is in his early twenties, has an inheritable heart disorder. When it detected a cardiac arrest, his device restored his heart rhythm.
“Then I was transferred to hospital and felt fine again. I didn’t feel a thing anymore. The defibrillator had done its job. I felt fine. I immediately wanted to return to celebrate on the field.”