• March 20, 2023

Christian Eriksen to have heart-starting device fitted after collapse

Christian Eriksen needed emergency treatment on the field before he was taken to the hospital

The Dane Christian Eriksen will be equipped with a heartbeat device after his collapse on the field during the Euro 2020.

The 29-year-old midfielder suffered cardiac arrest when his team lost to Finland on Saturday in Copenhagen.

The ICD – implantable cardioverter defibrillator – was “necessary because of arrhythmia,” said Danish team doctor Morten Boesen.

Eriksen remains in the hospital, but says he is “doing well under the circumstances”.

“Christian accepted the solution and the plan was also confirmed by specialists at home and abroad who all recommend the same treatment,” adds Boesen.

“We encourage everyone to give Christian and his family peace and privacy.”

Former Spurs player Eriksen, who now plays for Inter Milan, collapsed against Finland just before half-time and had to be resuscitated with a defibrillator.

The German doctor Jens Kleinfeld, who treated him in the field, told the Funke media group: “About 30 seconds later he opened his eyes and I was able to speak to him directly.

“That was a very moving moment, because with such medical emergencies in everyday life the chances of success are much lower.”

Kleinefeld said he asked Eriksen: “Are you with us again?”

The doctor said Eriksen replied, “Yes, I’m back with you” and “Damn, I’m only 29 years old”.

Kleinefeld added: “I knew then that the brain was not damaged and that it had returned completely.”

Denmark’s next game is against Belgium on Thursday (5:00 PM BST) when they return to Parken Stadium, which was the scene of Eriksen’s collapse.

Belgium want to throw the ball out of play in the 10th minute take part in a minute-long applause for Eriksen, with Danish fans planning the gesture as a sign of support.


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