A European championship football match between Denmark and Finland came to an abrupt end on Saturday when Danish team captain Christian Eriksen passed out on the pitch and had to be resuscitated, his team’s doctor said.
The players quickly called medical staff and, with some in tears, formed a human shield around Eriksen as he received chest compressions and other aids at Copenhagen’s Parken Stadium.
His team doctor on Sunday confirmed the 29-year-old had a heart attack.
“He was gone. And we did cardiac resuscitation,” Morten Boesen said at a news conference. “How close were we? I do not know. We got it back after a defibrillation. It is fast enough. “
Eriksen, a star-studded midfielder, was taken away on a stretcher after about 10 minutes of medical treatment. He was stabilized and transferred to the hospital for testing, according to an ad by the Union of European Football Associations, which organizes the tournament which is held every four years.
The match is then resumed at the request of both teams.
Boesen said it’s unclear what caused Erikson’s downfall, adding that he’ll leave that determination to the experts. He said he believed the midfielder would not have survived had the incident not occurred during a major football tournament with the best medical equipment and personnel available.
“It was absolutely decisive, I think,” Boesen said. “The time from when it happens to when it gets help is the critical factor, and that time has been short. This was decisive “.
The players were in the first half of the match when Eriksen looked ready to receive a pass but instead collapsed near the sideline.
“Moments like this put everything in life into perspective,” UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin said in a statement. “In these moments, the unity of the football family is so strong and he and his family bring everyone’s wishes and prayers with them.”
Eriksen then spoke to his teammates in a video call to reassure them that he was feeling fine.
“He said ‘I don’t remember much, but I’m more worried about you guys. How are you? ‘”Denmark manager Kasper Hjulmand recalled on Sunday. “This is typical Christian. … It was nice to see him smile ”.
“Incredible effort from the paramedics team”, tweeted Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google.
“My God, thinking of Eriksen and her family and sending all the love and strength available,” Team USA star Megan Rapinoe She said.
“Encouraging news about Christian Eriksen, we are all thinking about him and his family,” said Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, he wrote in a tweet who also praised the “quick action” of medical staff and referee Anthony Taylor.
The video from the stadium showed fans shouting “Christian” and “Eriksen” back and forth in solidarity during the match break, which lasted about 90 minutes.
The next match, between Belgium and Russia, will take place as scheduled, UEFA She said.
Hjulmand said Eriksen wants them to keep playing and that the psychologists have also helped the team “get back to normal” after the trauma.
Players and staff were receiving crisis management assistance as they processed the incident, the Associated Press reported.
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