‘Yes, I am back with you… For f***s sake, I’m only 29 years old’: Christian Eriksen’s first words after his cardiac arrest are revealed by doctor who treated him on the pitch, as his Denmark team-mates prepare a mid-game tribute against Belgium
- Christian Eriksen’s first words after his cardiac arrest were revealed by his doctor
- The Denmark midfielder collapsed during their Euro 2020 game with Finland
- After coming round, he said: ‘I am back with you… Damn, I’m only 29 years old’
- He said he’s ‘fine’ but ‘I still have to go through some examinations at hospital’
- Belgium and Denmark players are preparing a mid-game tribute on Thursday
- Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here
The doctor who helped bring Christian Eriksen back to life after he suffered a cardiac arrest in a Euro 2020 match last week has revealed what the Danish star said in the moments after he regained consciousness.
The Inter Milan and former Tottenham midfielder collapsed during the first half of the group game in Copenhagen and required 13 minutes of CPR before he was taken to hospital in a stable condition, where he remains.
German doctor Jens Kleinefeld was one of the first people immediately on the scene at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen and helped deliver an electric shock that restarted the 29-year-old’s heart.
He’s now revealed what Eriksen said in the moments after he regained consciousness during those terrifying scenes in the Danish capital.
Kleinefeld told Fox Sports: ‘About 30 seconds later, the player opened his eyes and I could talk to him directly.
‘That was a very moving moment, because in such medical emergencies in everyday life, the chances of success are much lower.’
Kleinefeld revealed he then asked Eriksen, ‘Well, are you back with us?’ and Eriksen replied: ‘Yes, I am back with you. Damn, I’m only 29 years old.’
Christian Eriksen’s first words after his cardiac arrest have been revealed by the doctor who treated him on the pitch
The Danish star suffered a cardiac arrest during Denmark’s Euro 2020 game with Finland
German doctor Jens Kleinefeld was one of the first people immediately on the scene at the Parken Stadium
It will be only the second time Denmark have taken to the field since the incident and Lukaku said it was important to Belgium – with many of the squad having played with the 29-year-old in the past.
‘After 10 minutes of the match we will put the ball in touch to applaud,’ Lukaku said.
‘Several players from our country have played with him but we will be there to win and that is the most important.’
Eriksen posted the first picture of himself in hospital since suffering a cardiac arrest on Tuesday.
In the caption, the 29-year old said: ‘Hello everyone. Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world. It means a lot to me and my family.
‘I’m fine – under the circumstances. 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. Best, Christian’.
On Monday, Eriksen thanked fans for their support and concern, and vowed to get to the bottom of why he experienced such a sudden and serious health emergency in a short statement released to Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport via his agent.
Eriksen’s statement read: ‘Thank you, I won’t give up. I feel better now – but I want to understand what’s happened.
‘I want to say thank you all for what you did for me.’
More to follow.
Eriksen gave fans a thumbs up on Instagram this week from hospital after his cardiac arrest
Eriksen said: ‘I’m fine – under the circumstances and still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel okay’