September 21, 2023

Denmark fans shout the name of Denmark’s midfielder Christian Eriksen after the UEFA EURO 2020 Group B football match between Denmark and Finland was suspended on June 12, 2021 at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen.

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Christian Eriksen’s agent says the midfielder is “joking” in the hospital but wants answers from doctors after suffering cardiac arrest during the Danish Euro 2020 opener.

Eriksen received emergency CPR on the pitch during Saturday’s game against Finland, which was temporarily suspended when the 29-year-old was rushed to Rigshospitalet, a hospital near the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen.

Danish team doctor Morten Boesen said Eriksen was “gone” but the prompt treatment on the field and by the hospital staff ensured the midfielder was stabilized and he could later send his greetings to his teammates.

Martin Schoots, Eriksen’s agent, told the Italian outlet Gazzetta on Sunday that the Dane is in a good mood and “happy” after seeing the support he has received around the game.

“We spoke this morning [Sunday]. He was joking, he was in a good mood, I thought he was fine, “said Schoots.

“We all want to understand what happened to him, and so does he: the doctors do some in-depth tests, but we are going to take some time.

“He was happy because he understood how much love he had around him. He got news from all over the world. And those around Inter particularly impressed him: not only his teammates who spoke to him in their private chat, but also the fans.

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“Christian will not give up. He and his family want to ensure that everyone receives their thanks. Half the world has contacted us, everyone was worried. Now all he has to do is rest, his wife and parents are with him. “

“Also tomorrow [Monday], he remains under observation, maybe Tuesday too. But he definitely wants to support his teammates against Belgium. “

The quick intervention of Simon Kjaer and the medical staff saved Eriksen’s life.

“[Eriksen] was gone, “said Denmark’s team doctor Boesen.” We did a cardiac resuscitation, it was a cardiac arrest. How close were we to losing him? I don’t know, but we got it back after a defib so it’s pretty quick. “

Eriksen’s sudden breakdown prompted Kjaer to clear his teammate’s airways and begin life-saving CPR technique, which was continued with the help of a defibrillator and professional medical staff.

Fortunately, the Danish captain’s first aid skills turned out to be crucial and Eriksen is now recovering in the hospital and is considered out of danger.