The Danish midfield star Christian Eriksen collapses in the European Championship game against Finland.
He goes into cardiac arrest.
A German doctor saves his life.
Copenhagen - It's the scene of the EM 2021 *.
And it's tragic.
When Christian Eriksen collapsed during the European Championship game against Finland, the world of football stood still for a few minutes.
The Danish midfield star had suffered cardiac arrest and had to be reanimated on the pitch.
Part of the team of doctors: the German doctor Jens Kleinefeld.
In an interview, the German doctor reported to the newspapers of the Funke media group about a touching first conversation with Eriksen.
According to Kleinefeld, Eriksen was conscious again after being electrocuted.
After a few minutes of cardiac massage, the defibrillator was used and a one-time electric shock was triggered.
Eriksen's reaction afterwards is remarkable.
After an electric shock, Eriksen opened his eyes and said: "I'm just 29"
“About 30 seconds later the player opened his eyes and I was able to speak to him directly.
That was a very moving moment, because with such medical emergencies in everyday life the chances of success are significantly lower, ”reported Kleinefeld.
He told the Bild newspaper: “I asked him in English: Are you back?
He said: yes, I am here.
And then he said: Oh sh ..., I'm just 29 years old. "
Christian Eriksen: The Danish international had to be reanimated on the field - apparently he suffered a heart attack.
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Kleinefeld sat in the stands as a doping doctor at the European Championship game Denmark against Finland (0: 1).
Before the game, he gave training for the so-called "side-line team" on the sidelines.
As the German physician told the Bild newspaper, he did not initially fear anything dramatic after Eriksen's upset.
“But then I saw how the Danish team doctor was acting relatively hectically.
I realized that it is not a normal injury. "
German doctor reports on rescue operation after the collapse of Christian Eriksen
Kleinefeld responded immediately. Together with the side-line team, he ran to Eriksen, because: "After all, I'm an emergency doctor and I know serious situations." When they got to Eriksen, the emergency doctors had already done the necessary preparatory work. “Then I took over the management. We shocked and continued with chest compressions, ”continued Kleinefeld.
He was 99 percent sure that the Danish international would arrive stable at the hospital. “When a professional athlete has been medically checked, it is usually a kind of 'short circuit' that triggers ventricular fibrillation. The electric shock then gives the decisive impulse that the heart beats again. With someone like that - unlike normal patients, for example with previous illnesses - the probability that the heart will stop again is minimal, ”explained Kleinefeld.
While Eriksen is still in the hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark will play against Belgium * (6 p.m., Denmark against Belgium live on TV and live stream *) in the second European Championship group game on Thursday.
After the Eriksen collapse, Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel criticized UEFA * and its “ridiculous” options as to when the game against Finland should continue.
But not only UEFA, ZDF also had to take a lot of criticism after the Eriksen drama *.
There is also the question of what would have happened if Denmark had simply abandoned the game *.
(nc / dpa)
* fr.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.
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