Christian Eriksen visits the team after discharge from hospital

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Christian Eriksen thanks his supporters as he recovers from cardiac arrest – ‘it means a lot’


Dane Christian Eriksen was released from hospital and visited his teammates almost a week after collapsing on the pitch.

The Danish Football Association said Eriksen underwent successful surgery, following his cardiac arrest during Denmark’s Euro 2020 game with Finland in Copenhagen on Saturday.

The association tweeted: “Christian Eriksen had a successful operation and was released from Rigshospitalet.

“Today he also visited the national team in Helsinger – and from there he will return home and spend time with his family. “

In a message to supporters, Eriksen said: “The operation went well and I am doing well under the circumstances. “

The Danish football association has previously said that Eriksen will be equipped with an implantable device that can function as both a pacemaker and a defibrillator.

The cardiac starter, known as the DAI, is designed to correct the heartbeat if it notices a potentially dangerous pattern by emitting a number of small or larger electrical shocks.

In extreme situations, it can act as a defibrillator to restore normal heartbeat, according to the British Heart Foundation website.

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Danish supporters unfurled banners for Christian Eriksen

Inter Milan midfielder, 29 collapsed on the ground just before half-time, leaving him to have to be revived and play temporarily stopped.

The Danish players then formed a circle around their teammate and comforted Eriksen’s partner, who looked distraught as she stepped onto the pitch.

Eriksen, who spent seven years with Tottenham in the Premier League, regained consciousness before being taken to hospital, where medics continue to work to identify what caused his heart attack.

The British Heart Foundation defines cardiac arrest as “when your heart suddenly stops pumping blood through your body”.

DenmarkMorten Boesen’s team doctor said the midfielder was “gone” but the rapid response and treatment in the field and by medical personnel quickly stabilized him.

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