Canary Islands rising soccer star Naomi Mendoza dies of meningitis at 17

Canary Islands mourns young goalkeeper Naomi Mendoza's sudden passing due to meningitis; soccer community expresses deep condolences.

The Canary Islands soccer community has been plunged into grief and shock over the unexpected and tragic loss of 17-year-old prodigious player Naomi Mendoza.

Naomi, a promising goalkeeper, was battling for her life after suddenly contracting meningitis. Despite the valiant efforts of medical teams, the illness took a turn for the worse, putting Naomi in a coma and ultimately leading to her devastating passing. This untimely death has carved a deep void in the Canarian soccer landscape, prompting an outpouring of sympathy and solidarity for her family and loved ones.

How does meningitis work?

Meningitis is an inflammation of the protective membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Infectious agents, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi, can trigger this inflammation. While the exact circumstances of Naomi Mendoza’s infection remain undisclosed, what’s clear is that this disease ruthlessly snatched away one of the Canary Islands’ rising soccer stars.

Symptoms of meningitis can vary, but they often include high fever, severe headaches, neck stiffness, and cognitive confusion. The disease can escalate quickly and, in extreme instances, induce a coma or even prove fatal. Early diagnosis and prompt treatment are often pivotal to the patient’s recovery.

La Unión Deportiva Las Palmas Joins the Mourning

Naomi Mendoza’s passing shocked the Las Palmas soccer community and beyond. La Unión Deportiva Las Palmas, a flagship soccer team of the Canary Islands, also felt the profound impact of this tragedy. In an official statement, the club extended its heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the young and talented goalkeeper who had, in her brief career, already made an indelible mark on the region’s soccer scene.

“We will always remember your smile. Your resilience. Your zest for life. From our club, we extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to Naomi’s parents, family, and friends. Rest in peace, NAO.” — CD Guiniguada Femenino (@cdguiniguadafem) September 5, 2023

“Our sincerest condolences to the relatives, friends, and the @cdguiniguadafem family. Rest in peace, Naomi 🌹.” — UD Las Palmas (@UDLP_Oficial) September 5, 2023

In its statement, La Unión Deportiva Las Palmas emphasized the importance of unity during such heart-wrenching times and expressed its deep solidarity with all those affected by this immeasurable loss. Additionally, the club vowed to honor Naomi Mendoza’s memory and uphold her burning passion for soccer.