– Gomis has a unique syndrome which, when triggered, limits blood flow to the brain
– The France international collapsed on the pitch during a game on Thursday, August 20
– He however recovered and played the full 90 minutes of the game
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Former Swansea City star Bafetimi Gomis recently left fans worried after collapsing on the pitch in the middle of a game.
Gomis, who plays his football in Saudi Arrabia with Al-Hilal, started the game against Al-Ahli on Thursday, August 20.
He however only lasted 13 minutes before he went down unchallenged on the ground and remained motionless for a few seconds as medics rushed to try to help him.
Despite the fact that this isn’t the first time Gomis is experiencing such spells, players on the pitch were bewildered and they could be seen waving wildly at medics to come offer first aid.
Quite remarkably, however, the France international was up on his feat once again and was able to play the full 90 minutes as his side lost 2-1.
Gomis, 35, has a unique condition called vasovagal syncope.
The syndrome involves a trigger which causes a sudden drop in heart rate and as a result, blood pressure significantly goes down as well.
This eventually leads to reduction of blood flow to the brain and can cause dizzy spells and at times fainting.
The condition is mostly caused by stress or heat, among other factors.
Patients of the syndrome have been made aware that there is no cure, but to be on the safe side, it is best to avoid the triggers.
For Gomis, the first time the world learnt of his condition was when he was playing for Swansea against Tottenham Hotspur in 2015.
Taking to Twitter, the 35-year old took to calm nerves as he reiterated he was okay and fit to keep playing.
“Thanks for your many messages. More fear than harm. We will continue to fight for @Alhilal_FC to be champion. Thanks again, your lion who loves you very much,” he wrote.
He joined Al-Hilal in 2018 from Turkey side Galatasaray and has been impressive for the Saudi Arabia side, scoring 39 goals in 53 appearances.
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