Danish footballer suffered cardiac arrest during Euro match
June 14, 2021
Danish footballer Christian Eriksen’s heart has stopped beating after he fell to the ground in a Euro 2020 game against Finland on Saturday, Danish team doctor Morten Boesen said.
“Well he was gone,” said Boesen, according to The Wall Street Journal. “We did cardiac resuscitation. And it was cardiac arrest.”
Erickson, a 29-year-old midfielder, collapsed in the 43rd minute of the game, The newspaper mentionned. Erickson quickly lost all trace of his life and a defibrillator was used to revive him in front of crowds and international viewers.
“How close were we (to losing him)? I don’t know,” Boesen said. “We got it after a defib, so it’s pretty quick.”
Boesen said he didn’t know what caused Erickson’s cardiac arrest. He said Erickson may have survived because up-to-date medical equipment was available.
“It was completely decisive, I think,” said Boesen. “The time it happens until the time it gets help is the critical factor, and that time was short. It was decisive. “
Erickson is now in stable condition in a Copenhagen hospital and he has videoed messages to his teammates, ESPN reported.
“We are in contact with him. We were in contact with him yesterday and today. [His] the condition is the same as yesterday, stable, good, “Jakob Hoeyer, communication director of the Danish football association, said Monday, according to ESPN.
The match resumed after a 90-minute delay. Finland won 1-0. Denmark will then face Belgium on Thursday.
A football player who collapsed in 2012 and was technically dead for 78 minutes said Ericksen would face a mental challenge to recover.
Fabrice Muamba, former Bolton Wanderers player, wrote in a column of Time from London that it took him over a year to come to terms with what happened, ESPN said. He retired at 24.
“It’s too early to know his physical health, but I can share something about the mental battle which in many ways is the most difficult part of the journey ahead,” Muamba said.