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He brought Eriksen back to life: German doctor describes dramatic moments and Eriksen's first words


A German doctor was on duty when the Dane Christian Eriksen had to be resuscitated at the EM 2021. Now the Cologne doctor is talking about the seconds.

A German doctor was on duty when the Dane Christian Eriksen had to be resuscitated at the EM 2021.

Now the Cologne doctor is talking about the seconds.

Copenhagen / Cologne - In those minutes on June 12th, the football world held its breath.

Christian Eriksen had left us - and returned.

The football star of Denmark collapsed on the field after 43 minutes in the European Championship group game of his team against Finland.

The midfielder from the traditional Italian club Inter Milan suffered a cardiac arrest and has been in hospital ever since.

He recently got in touch with a positive customer from the clinic.

Now comes to light: A German doctor was instrumental in the rescue!


Jens Kleinefeld from Cologne.


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first reported on his incredible rescue.

Now he has




his story.

Christian Eriksen: German emergency doctor describes dramatic moments

Dr. In the run-up to the European Championship game, Kleinefeld had carried out training with the doctors in the stadium, which was ultimately supposed to save the footballer's life. After Eriksen collapsed, everything happened very quickly: “I was sitting in the stands on the opposite side when Eriksen fell over. At first I didn't think anything of it. But then I saw how the Danish team doctor was acting relatively hectically. I realized that it is not a normal injury. "

The doctors then ran into the square with the defibrillator. Kleinefeld followed, because: “After all, I'm an emergency doctor and I know serious situations. Then I stood on the field. ”The first aiders would have already started with the preparatory work - acting quickly should be life-saving in the end. Chest compressions, defibrillation, electrodes on Eriksen's body - "then I took over the management," says Kleinefeld. “We shocked and continued with chest compressions. The training I did before the game was the most important thing. ”Because that way, everyone involved knew what they had to do.

The Danish team doctor would have had difficulties initially to fully grasp the situation.

If you start a resuscitation, you have to do it as soon as possible.

Of course, it is more difficult for team doctors to detect cardiac death.

“You saw that when you tried to pull your tongue out of your throat.

This is of course nonsense.

It doesn't save a life.

A minimal overstretching of the head is completely sufficient, ”explains Dr.


EM 2021: Christian Eriksen returns to life - and speaks to a German doctor

It was then shock that catapulted Eriksen back to life. This should be handed in within the first two minutes. “It took Eriksen two or three minutes. The chance of survival is very high. If the shock is delivered within the first two minutes, then the chance of survival is nearly 90 percent. The probability of survival drops by ten percent per minute. Speed ​​is of the essence, ”emphasizes Kleinefeld. Fortunately, quick action was taken! The doctor saw on the EKG monitor that the shock was successful. Then it took another 20 or 30 seconds for Eriksen to regain consciousness.

“He opened his eyes and spoke to me.

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.

I told him that everything is fine now and that there is no longer any danger.

He understood everything and was able to put his arm directly on his chest.

A prime example of saving a life.

I see myself as a lifesaver.

Above all through the training in advance of the first aiders.

For me it was a completely normal mission.

I just hidden everything.

It was a great moment when Eriksen opened his eyes again, ”says Kleinefeld.

Christian Eriksen: “Short circuit” at the Denmark star

He explained that he was still 99 percent sure in the stadium that the Dane would arrive stable at the hospital and stay stable there.

"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 so that the heart beats again.

"In a competitive athlete - unlike normal patients, for example with previous illnesses - the probability that the heart will stop again is minimal," explained the Cologne doctor.

The European Championship for Denmark continues on Thursday: At 6 p.m. there will be a duel with Belgium.


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Source: merkur

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