Former Argentine boxer Mario Melo, 56, choked to death while participating in the Medialuna Festival in the Buenos Aires town of Pinamar, in which the winner was whoever ate the most croissants in one minute, health sources confirmed to Efe.
Melo was one of the participants, this Sunday, of a competition that consisted of eating all the croissants (as this pastry product is called in Argentina) possible in one minute, and after swallowing the third, according to his sister told local media , vanished.
The first assistance was made by a firefighter who attended the event as a spectator and the second was made by a doctor from the Pinamar hospital who was off duty, the Pinamar emergency director, Teodoro Maio, explained to Efe.
In any event, Maio assured that the emergency team, which had been at the event since Saturday when the celebration began, was also present at the time of the accident.
The four members of that device, when they saw that the ex-boxer – who suffered from diabetes – was not responding to the emergency maneuvers, they transferred him by ambulance to the hospital in an “unemployed” state, said Maio, where “all the necessary maneuvers were carried out. ».
Melo, nicknamed ‘Mazazo’, who became South American heavyweight champion in the 1990s, died in the municipal hospital of Pinamar shortly thereafter. EFE