Zoran Mijić Mrmi, goalkeeper of Borac from Kozarska Dubica, appears to be predestined to save lives on football courts. During the match with Modriča, which was played on the home field last weekend, Mrmi saved the life of young Dian Halilović, who remained laying on the court in the final moments of the match, after a fierce duel.
“After a strong kick in the head, I noticed that my teammate’s ear is bleeding and he was not even aware of that. Suddenly he got all swollen up and pale. I knew that war dangerous and I requested from the referee to pronounce the match over, since everything took place during the stoppage time. I ran to Halilović, who fell unconscious then. I helped him gain consciousness again after which together with coach Trkulja I took him to the Health Center, and he was later transferred to the hospital in Prijedor,” Mijić said.
This is the fifth time he had participated in saving someone’s life.
“It wasn’t simple to look into the death’s eyes. Luckily, I had always won, young lives were saved, and that is the most important thing. Many letters of gratitude remind me of that, as well as friendships I established later with people I saved and their families,” said this football hero from Kozarska Dubica.
It all started in 1996, when a football player remained lying on the court, without any movements, during the match between BSK and Borac.
While the others were panicking, Zoran managed to take his tongue out and thus saved him from certain death. He did the same thing in 2014 during a friendly match with Rudar from Prijedor, when he saved Nemanja Marić in identical way.
Sanela Ćustić, a girl born in 2007, could not even imagine that a car will hit her while she is riding her bike close to Mijić’s house.
“The girl who was driving the car was in shock. The girl, whose parents grew up here and now they all live in Germany, was lying on the road. She was bruised, but it was clear to me that she was choking. I took her tongue out, she bit me several times, but the most important thing is – I saved her life,” Mijić remembered. A miracle happened last year as well, when he and his teammates saved a young man after a traffic accident, when he fell from a motor bike.
“I received 18 letters of gratitude from different associations, clubs, federations. Everyone sees me as a phenomenon, and I am just the ordinary Mrmi, as my friends and neighbors call me,” said this 36-year-old man.