Christian Eriksen Stable After Collapse
Euro 2020 had a frightening moment on Saturday in a game featuring Finland and Denmark.
Christian Eriksen, a midfielder for Denmark, collapsed on the field, leading to a scary and sobering scene.
Eriksen collapsed on the field in the 43rd minute of the match, and team doctors and other health personnel quickly rushed to his aid on the pitch. Members of both teams quickly formed a perimeter around the scene as doctors worked to get Eriksen back.
The match was halted for more than 90 minutes before both teams agreed to resume play. Finland would ultimately go on to win the match, but that was not what anyone had in mind after the match was over.
Eriksen was eventually stabilized on the field and was taken off on a stretcher. His teammates from Denmark surrounded the stretcher as he was taken off, and Eriksen was able to talk with doctors and teammates as he was leaving the stadium.
On Saturday night, it was announced that Eriksen was awake and stable at the hospital, and his father noted that Eriksen was “not in any danger.” Both of those messages were extremely promising after what was seen on the field during the match.
Both teams held an emergency meeting after Eriksen was taken off the field, and it was agreed to continue the match after another warmup session. The two teams came back out onto the field to a massive ovation and finished the first half and then heading almost straight into the second half.
Eriksen had actually just made a play on the ball when he fell face-first onto the ground. His teammates immediately called for help from team doctors, and he was unconscious when they arrived.
Eriksen is one of the top players for the Denmark team, and his condition sent shock waves throughout the stadium. Several other EUFA teams issued statements on Saturday night showing support for Eriksen and the entire Denmark team.
The Euros is one of the most popular soccer betting tournaments in the globe and has generated a lot of interest among keen soccer fans.
Doctors Say Eriksen Was “Gone”
Morten Boesen, the team doctor for Denmark, held a press conference on Sunday to give more information about what took place during the game. Boesen said that Eriksen was “gone” before he was resuscitated following a cardiac arrest on Saturday.
Boesen did not speculate as to how close the team was to losing Eriksen but did remark that it became a desperate situation very quickly. It took just one shock with the defibrillator to get Eriksen’s heart beating again, which was a good sign for Boesen.
More information is expected to be announced in the following days as cardiologists as the hospital work to determine why the cardiac event happened in the first place. It was announced that Eriksen had not knowingly ever contracted COVID-19, and that was ruled out as a possible cause.
It’s unclear if or when Eriksen will return to the Denmark team, but he will remain in the hospital for more tests. UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin issued a statement on Saturday saying, “Moments like this put everything in life into perspective. I wish Christian a full and speedy recovery and pray his family has strength and faith.”
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