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Francis Kone, a striker for Slovacko of the Czech First League, is basically a real-life superhero. According to him, he has single-handedly saved not one, not two, not three, but four lives during the course of his professional soccer career.
The most recent save took place during Slovacko’s match against Bohemians when Kone watched Bohemians goalkeeper Martin Berkovec collide with his teammate Daniel Krch and collapse to the ground. As Berkovec laid motionless, Kone ran to his aid and realized that he was in danger of choking on his own tongue. So the Toga international player stuck his hand into Berkovec’s mouth and pulled his tongue out to prevent him from choking. You can see it all unfold in the clip above.
That act in and of itself was amazing, and earned Kone some kind words from Bohemians coach Miroslav Koubek. "I would like to put sport to one side and thank Kone, who provided first aid," Koubek said after the match ended in a 0-0 draw. "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."
It also earned Kone a thank you from Berkovec, who posted a personal message for Kone on Facebook after the match. "I would like to thank Francis Kone for his quick action in saving me during today’s match," he wrote. "I am grateful for the prompt help, and once again THANK YOU!!!"
But it sounds like this has become a common occurrence for Kone. While speaking with reporters about what took place, he casually mentioned this isn’t the first time he’s sprung into action and saved a life on the field. "It wasn’t the first time I have done that," he said. "It’s something like the fourth time. Twice in Africa, once in Thailand."
Wait, this guy has saved four lives now? That’s awesome and kind of unbelievable. Maybe superheroes really do exist, guys.