Francis Kone may not have scored a goal during the game between FC Slovacko and Bohemians 1905, but he’s still a hero for what he did on the field. After a scary crash with Martin Berkovec, Francis’s quick thinking save his opponent’s life!
This dramatic rescue happened during a Feb. 25 match between Czech teams Bohemians 1905 and FC Slovacko, according to ESPN. Martin Berkovec, 28, collapsed to the ground following a collision with teammate Daniel Krch, 24, and opponent Francis Kone, 26. Francis immediately saw something was wrong and jabbed his fingers into Martin’s mouth.
“I immediately checked to see if he had swallowed his tongue,” Francis said, explaining how he cleared Martin’s throat so he wouldn’t choke to death. Francis – and other Bohemians players – put the unconscious goalkeeper on his side as medical professionals rushed to Martin’s side.
Both Martin and Daniel were taken to a hospital. Good news came 50 minutes into the match, as news broke that both of them were well. The stadium erupted into applause, and fans watched as the two teams played to a 0-0 draw. While neither side was able to score, they both came out as winners that day.
— Bohemians Praha 1905 (@bohemians1905) February 25, 2017
— 1.FC Slovácko (@1_FCS) February 26, 2017
“I would like to thank Francis Kone for his quick action in saving me during today’s match,” Martin wrote on his Facebook page. “I am grateful for the prompt help, and once again THANK YOU!!!” Miroslav Koubek, the manager for Bohemians, echoed the love.
“I would like to put sport to one side and thank Kone, who provided first aid,” he said. “He acted very professionally in the situation, administered first aid and retrieved his tongue. As far as I’m concerned, that was more important than the whole game.”
As amazing as this recuse is, it’s not the first time that Francis has been a lifesaver. He’s done this three times before. “It wasn’t the first time I have done [something like] that,” he said about the medical rescue. “It’s something like the fourth time. Twice in Africa, once in Thailand.” Well, on one hand, it’s strange that these incidents keep happening around Francis. On the other, it’s a good thing he acts quickly to save so many lives.
Do you think Francis and Martin are now bonded forever, HollywoodLifers? Wouldn’t you be BBFs with someone who saved your life, even if they played on an opposing team?