Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest- Team Doctor

Christian Eriksen, Denmark’s midfielder, is in stable condition now after a scary collapse during a Euro 2020 match against Finland on Saturday. 

Yesterday, the Danish team doctor Morten Boesen informed that Christian Eriksen got a cardiac attack when he collapsed on the pitch. He fell down suddenly before half-time in Denmark’s opening Euro 2020 game against Finland.

According to the English newspaper The Times, Boesen said “Well, he was gone. We did cardiac resuscitation. And it was cardiac arrest.”

“How close were we (to losing him)? I don’t know,” Boesen said. “We got him back after one defib, so that’s quite fast.”

Bosen told that he had spoken to Eriksen and he is in stable condition now.

For further tests and observation, Eriksen will remain in the hospital.

During the 43rd minute, Christian Eriksen was running near the sideline. At no time, he seemed to stagger then fall forward to the ground. Teammates gestured to trainers on the sideline for certain assistance and the game was stopped immediately.

Boesen found Eriksen was unconscious when he reached the player on the pitch. He said that when he got on Eriksen’s side, he was breathing. He could feel a pulse but that changed suddenly and they started giving him CPR.

But doctors quickly lost those signs of life, resulting in the utilization of a defibrillator, Boesen said. By the time he left the sector, Eriksen was alert and ready to speak with Boesen, the doctor said.

“How close were we (to losing him)? I don’t know,” Boesen said. “We got him back after one defib, so that’s quite fast.”

The game between Denmark and Finland has been halted within the 43rd minute following the incident and was resumed later Saturday, leading to a 1-0 victory for the Fins with Eriksen being named star of the match.

Denmark boss Kasper Hjulmand thought it was wrong for players to be asked if they wanted to continue the match following the incident.

“I know it’s very difficult,” Hjulmand said. “But looking back it was the wrong thing to make the decision between the two scenarios to the players in this case.

“Players were in a shock condition. Players who didn’t really know yet if they had lost their best friend. And they have to decide between these two things. And I have a sense that we shouldn’t have played.

“I know it’s difficult. It’s just a feeling I have. Maybe we should have just gone on to the bus and gone home and let’s see what the next days would have brought.

“That’s just my feeling now, but I think it was a very, very tough decision that the players had to try to make a decision. I know it’s difficult, but I have a sense that it was wrong for the players to be given this situation.”

Later on, fans who were at the game gathered outside Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen and showed support for the player. Along with England captain and Eriksen’s former Tottenham Hotspur team-mate Harry Kane, many across the football world sent their best wishes to Eriksen.

Downing Street said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was “shocked” by what happened to Eriksen, and his thoughts were with the Danish player and his family.

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