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Christian Eriksen given hope he'll play again as other footballer has similar heart device

It was announced today that Christian Eriksen will have a heart starter device (ICD) implanted after he suffered a cardiac arrest while playing for Denmark at Euro 2020. There is now hope that Eriksen’s new device will allow him to play football again. Expert injury analyst, Ben Dinnery, tweeted today that Dutch player, Daley Blind, has been fitted with a similar heart device and “continues to play at the highest level”.

Mr Dinnery said: “Daley Blind, [who suffers from] myocarditis (heart muscle inflammation), has been fitted with an S-ICD (Subcutaneous Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator).

“[This is] less intrusive than a traditional ICD – which is prescribed for patients perceived to be at risk of sudden cardiac death.”

Whether Eriksen will be fitted with a S-ICD or traditional ICD has not been confirmed.

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Mr Dinnery went on to say that it is uncertain what effect the device will have on Eriksen’s future career. He said: “Unwise to speculate at the moment. The precise details, and underlying cause, have not been released. But I would add that Blind continues to play at the highest level.”

Blind was diagnosed with myocarditis in 2019 after suffering a dizzy spell when playing in the Champions League.  

Eriksen and Blind were Ajax teammates between 2010 and 2013 and Blind admitted that he considered missing Netherlands’ opening Euro 2020 game against Ukraine after watching his friend have a cardiac arrest on Saturday.

The official Twitter for the Danish Football Union revealed details of Eriksen’s heart device today. The statement said: “National team doctor Morten Boesen has been in contact with cardiac specialists at Rigshospitalet and Christian Eriksen and this is the latest status.

“After Christian has been through different heart examinations it has been decided that he should have an ICD (heart starter). This device is necessary after a cardiac attack due to rhythm disturbances.

“Christian has accepted the solution and the plan has been confirmed by specialists who all recommend the same treatment.”

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Denmark and Belgium STOP match to pay tribute to Christian Eriksen in emotional scenes

Denmark and Belgium’s match in Euro 2020 was paused on 10 minutes for everyone in the stadium to pay an emotional tribute to Christian Eriksen. Everyone across the globe held their collective breathes last Saturday when Eriksen collapsed on the pitch with nobody around him.

There were harrowing scenes as Denmark players were in tears while Eriksen received resuscitation on the pitch.

But thanks to those decisive actions of his team-mates, referee Anthony Taylor and the medical staff on the scene, Eriksen’s condition stabilised in hospital.

The Inter Milan midfielder has since sent a message to fans from his hospital bed, thanking everyone for their support.

For Denmark, they’re still dealing with the shock of the events that transpired less than a week ago in the midst of their European Championship campaign.

Footballers from all over the continent have paid respects to Eriksen, hoping he can make a full recovery.

And there was a lovely touch inside the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen with both Belgium and Denmark agreeing to pause the game on 10 minutes to applaud Eriksen.

Everybody in the ground was up on their feet with the Danish crowd cheering loudly to show their support.

They also unveiled a banner which read: “All of Denmark is with you Christian.”

Denmark have taken aim at UEFA since Eriksen’s incident over “pressure” to finish their match against Finland.

“The only real leadership would have been to put the players on a bus and send them home and then deal with it after,” Denmark manager Kasper Hjulmand said.

“With corona cases it’s possible to postpone a game for 48 hours. But with cardiac arrest, apparently it’s not. I think that’s wrong.

“You don’t necessarily find good leadership in the protocols. Good leadership can sometimes be to lead with compassion.”

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Eriksen sends public thank you message from hospital

He says he still has to go through more tests at the hospital “but I feel okay.”

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Christian Eriksen sent his first public message from the hospital on Tuesday, thanking supporters for their “sweet and amazing” well-wishes after his collapse at the European Championship.

Eriksen remains in the hospital after suffering cardiac arrest during Denmark’s game against Finland on Saturday, when he had to be resuscitated with a defibrillator on the field.

“Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world. It means a lot to me and my family,” Eriksen wrote in a message that was shared by the Danish soccer association on Twitter.

The message was accompanied by a photo of the 29-year-old Eriksen giving a thumbs up from his hospital bed.

“I’m fine – under the circumstances,” he added. “I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel okay. Now, I will cheer on the boys on the Denmark team in the next matches. Play for all of Denmark.”

Eriksen and the rest of the Denmark players have received an outpouring of support from all over the world since Saturday’s incident, including from fans of rival teams.

Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand said the flood of messages shows that “football is the biggest social phenomenon in the world.”

“It’s the one thing that can unite most people in the world,” Hjulmand said at a news conference on Tuesday. “It brings friendship across nations, race, gender, everything. Football is one big family. … And we see this with all this recognition we get from people all over the world.”

Denmark, which lost to Finland 1-0 after the game was resumed, next plays Belgium on Thursday in Group B. On Monday, Eriksen’s teammates said the midfielder had told them to re-focus on the tournament.

Denmark trained for a second straight day on Tuesday after taking Sunday off to process the incident. The team was visited during the training session by Danish Crown Prince Frederik, who attended Saturday’s game and was among those to send a message of support to Eriksen.

And Hjulmand said he can tell that his players are gradually getting back the right mindset to play again.

“From the start of the training (Monday) until the end of the training, I think something happened, positively,” he said. “To get your body going again and to be on the pitch knowing that Christian is OK helped us all. … Yesterday afternoon, more and more smiles were on the faces of the players.”

But he acknowledged that returning to Parken Stadium again, where the players formed a ring around Eriksen as he was getting emergency medical treatment that saved his life, will be emotionally challenging.

“I don’t think they’re afraid to play,” Hjulmand said. “But the normal reaction to a trauma like this, you should know, it’s not only yourself. It’s also your family, maybe your kids, your wife, your parents. So the box of emotions has been opened. I think we took a big step yesterday and I think we’ll take another one today.

“Of course the time until the kickoff will be emotional, and we have to prepare ourselves for that, for entering the stadium again. Getting back to see our great fans. And up to kickoff there’ll be a lot of emotions we have to handle, and then prepare ourselves for when the referee whistles his first whistle. We will be ready to go and fight and play well and do everything for Denmark.”

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How to do CPR: Public urged to learn new Covid-safe guidance after Christian Eriksen saved

Christian Eriksen collapsed and suffered a cardiac arrest during Denmark’s opening Euro 2020 match against Finland on Saturday. His teammate, Simon Kjaer, has been hailed as a hero for his quick response to his teammate’s collapse. Kjaer rushed to Eriksen’s side, secured his neck, cleared the airways and started CPR before the medics arrived.

This action could have played a life-saving role in Eriksen’s recovery and now St John Ambulance is encouraging the public to learn how to perform CPR themselves.

A St John Ambulance spokesperson said on Twitter: “You don’t have to be a football fan to have been affected by the events at the Finland vs Denmark match.

“Ask us how CPR saves lives and why it is first aid everyone should know.”

CPR gives a person the best chance of survival following a cardiac arrest. It typically involves chest compressions and rescue breaths but, in light of the coronavirus pandemic, new guidance has been given, with people not to perform rescue breaths at all.

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St John Ambulance’s updated guidance is as follows:

1. If you find someone collapsed, establish whether they are unresponsive and not breathing. Do not put your face close to theirs to do this.

2. You should ask someone to call 999 while you start CPR. If you are alone, use the hands-free speaker on a phone so you can start CPR while speaking to ambulance control.

3. Before you start CPR, use a towel or piece of clothing and lay it over the mouth and nose of the casualty.

Do not give rescue breaths.

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Christian Eriksen health update as Royal Family send messages of support to Denmark star

“The team and staff of the national team has received crisis assistance and will continue to be there for each other after yesterday’s incident.

“We would like to thank everyone for the heartfelt greetings to Christian Eriksen from fans, players, the Royal Families from both Denmark and England, international associations, clubs etc.

“We encourage everyone to send their greetings to the Danish FA, where we will make sure they are all passed on to Christian and his family.”

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Christian Eriksen: Denmark boss Kasper Hjulmand in tears during emotional press conference

Denmark manager Kasper Hjulmand was deeply upset when quizzed on the distressing situation in which Christian Eriksen had to be resuscitated during his country’s Euro 2020 clash with Finland. The former Tottenham star hit the deck and needed immediate CPR before being rushed to hospital.

Eriksen is now in a stable condition and he FaceTimed his team-mates to tell them to continue the match.

Denmark went on to lose 1-0 as Finland secured their first ever victory at a European Championship.

Hjulmand faced the press after the match and he struggled to fight back the tears.

“It was a really tough evening, on which we’ve all been reminded what the most important things in life are,” he said.

“It’s meaningful relationships. It’s those people who are close to us. It’s family and friends.

“Everything, everything, everything – all thoughts are with Christian and his family.

“A group of players that I cannot praise enough.

“First of all, if it gets emotional, it’s been a tough night. We are all reminded of what the most important thing in life is – to have valuable relationships, people we’re close to, our family and our friends.

“We have a group of players that I cannot praise enough. I couldn’t be prouder of those people who took such good care of each other.

“He is one of my very dear friends, the way the players talked in the dressing room to decide to not do anything before we knew Christian was conscious and OK.

“We had two options to play the game [today] or tomorrow at 12pm and everyone agreed to play today. You can’t play a game with such feelings. We tried to win.

“It was incredible they managed to go out and try to play the second half.

“Honestly, there were players out there that were completely done. Emotionally done and emotionally exhausted.”

Finland boss Markku Kanerva said: “We are going to remember this for a long time for different reasons.

“It was a very emotional night for us.”

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Christian Eriksen: Denmark team-mate performed 'heroic' act before CPR medics arrived

Denmark centre-back Simon Kjaer has been branded a ‘hero’ for his actions after team-mate Christian Eriksen collapsed during his side’s 1-0 defeat to Finland on Saturday afternoon. The Inter Milan playmaker fell to the floor in the closing stages of the first half at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, with medics spotted attempting to resuscitate the 29-year-old as he lay motionless on the pitch.

The match was quickly suspended, with both sets of players heading down the tunnel in distress.

Eriksen then left the pitch on a stretcher and was pictured with his eyes open and his arm in the air as he was transported to hospital.

It was promptly revealed by UEFA and the Danish Football Union that he had been stabilised and was awake, with the match resuming at 7.30pm upon the request of both teams.

Finland eventually sealed a narrow 1-0 victory thanks to Joel Pohjanpalo’s second-half strike, which was their only attempt of the entire contest.

Although the medical staff will deservedly receive the plaudits for helping Eriksen to emerge from the incident, it was Kjaer’s contribution that gained the attention of many onlookers.

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The 32-year-old ran towards the midfielder upon seeing him collapse to the ground, before stabilising him on his back and clearing his airways.

Kjaer then began to resuscitate Eriksen as he waited for the medics to arrive, with his crucial intervention potentially stopping the situation from reaching a tragic conclusion.

As the medical staff went to work, the defender was seen comforting Eriksen’s partner, Sabrina Kvist Jensen, who had raced to the side of the pitch.

Kjaer was widely praised for his efforts on social media, with viewers in awe of his quick reactions and ability to deal with the situation effectively in the heat of the moment.


Piers Morgan led the tributes to the Denmark skipper, tweeting: “⁦@simonkjaer1989 ensured Eriksen didn’t swallow his tongue when he was unconscious, gave him CPR, told the squad to form a protective shield around him, consoled Eriksen’s horrified wife & has now led his team back into the game.

“You, sir,⁩ are a hero.”

Meanwhile, Eriksen’s Inter team-mate Nicolo Barella thanked Kjaer with an Instagram story post, adding: “Beyond the colours. Well done Simon. Great captain and person.”

The incident sent shockwaves around the football world, with the BBC One team covering the match live struggling to comprehend what they had just witnessed.

Former Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas admitted: “I don’t even know what to say really. My body is shaking.

“All I can think about is Christian’s family and what they must be going through. It’s a very, very sad moment and I pray for the very best.”

The Spaniard’s fellow analyst Alex Scott fought back tears as she delivered her reaction, exclaiming: “I can’t believe what we’re witnessing.

“I think football totally goes out of the window right now. You’re thinking about his family, all the rest of the players out there witnessing it as well.

“I actually just got on my phone and messaged my mum and told her I love her. I think it’s a reminder of how quickly life can change, just like that.”

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