25 Oct 2018
Ivan Ordaz speaks for the first time since collapsing against Serbia
'I felt a very strong sting in my head and that is the last thing I remember'
“I felt a very strong sting in my head and that is the last thing I remember.”
Spain player Ivan Ordaz has spoken for the first time about the frightening moment he reeled out of a tackle and collapsed during Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against Serbia at Belgrade’s Makis Stadium.
Serbian doctor Topolovic Nikola, aided by trainer Kikanovic Vladan and ambulance staff, performed CPR and mouth-to-mouth on the 23-year-old, who coach Darren Fisher revealed had stopped breathing twice during the ordeal.
“I feel good (at the) moment - until yesterday my head hurt a little,”
Ordaz told RLWC2021.com
“On Saturday just before I fell, I felt a very strong sting in my head and that is the last thing I remember until the moment when I am lifted up. I've never had anything like it happen before and I hope it never happens to me again.”
Some team-mates thought he had been the victim of a shoulder charge while footage of the incident suggested a sudden cardiac problem. But Ordaz says the affliction appears to have been neurological in nature.
The La Reole player still hasn’t worked up the courage to watch the entire video of the second half drama. He travelled by road from Belgrade to Timişoara in Romania two days after the 24-20 loss - which kept the Spanish alive in the race for England 2021 - and then flew home to Valencia.
“On Monday I went directly from the airport to the hospital to get my heart and head tests. All the tests went well, there is no damage whatsoever although they kept me under (observation) all night.
“I showed the video to the doctors and they were scared, I have not managed to see it whole yet.
“In the next few weeks the neurologist will see me to follow up and see why the failure was caused.”
Ordaz played rugby union from the age of seven until five years ago. Spain progress to the next stage of qualifying along with Russia; Serbia needed to win on Saturday by 14 or more and have therefore been eliminated.