The COVID World post date: December 27th, 2021
Argentine football player Diego Armando Montiel has died at the age of 25 as a result of fulminant meningitis. Montiel was admitted to intensive care on Saturday morning where he passed away shortly after.
The midfielder had complained earlier this year about adverse symptoms after having received the COVID-19 vaccine.
Montiel, who made his debut in Argentina’s top football league in 2014, wrote on social media in August this year that he would “never get vaccinated again”, implying that he was suffering from symptoms after having his COVID jab.
A Spanish speaker offered us the following translation of his tweet:
“I am at the point of killing myself. I will never get vaccinated again.”
Montiel was admitted to hospital in his hometown of Santo Tomé on Saturday after suddenly falling ill with fulminant meningitis, a high mortality brain condition that causes sudden illness and kills quickly due to fluid pressure on the brain.
His former club, Atlético de Rafaela, announced his death a day later:
“On behalf of Atletico de Rafaela we mourn the passing of Diego Armando Montiel, whom wore our jersey in the lower leagues and the first league.
We will like to express our condolences to the family and we pray for his eternal rest. R.I.P
Montiel played as a midfielder and had made 30 appearances at the highest professional level in Argentina.
He made his league debut on August 24th, 2014 while playing for Atlético de Rafaela in a win versus Boca Juniors. However, the highlight of his career came just a few weeks later when he scored his first goal against top-side River Plate.
Montiel’s death comes after fellow countrymen Ronald Biglione, a football player of Deportivo Club Independencia in Argentina’s General Levalle league, died from blood clots after his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
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