“He’s gone”: Danish players recover in Euro 2020 football game


On Saturday, June 12, 2021, Denmark’s Christian Eriksson fell to the ground during the 2020 European Football Championship Group B match between Denmark and Finland at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Friedemann Vogel/Pool via AP)

Copenhagen (Associated Press)-The Danish team doctor said on Sunday that Christian Eriksson’s heart stopped beating, “he has left,” and then resuscitated with a defibrillator at the European Championship.

Eriksson passed out in the first match of the Denmark Euro 2020 group match against Finland on Saturday and underwent a long period of treatment before regaining consciousness.

“He’s gone. We did a cardiac resuscitation. This is a cardiac arrest,” said Mortenbosen, the team doctor who led Eriksson on the court for treatment. “How close are we? I don’t know. We got him back after a defibrillation. It’s pretty fast.”

Team officials said that Eriksen was in a stable condition in a Copenhagen hospital and talked to his teammates via a video link on Sunday.

Boyson said that it is unclear what caused the midfielder to fall.

“I am not a cardiologist, so I will leave the details of why it happened to the experts,” he said.

He also said that the 29-year-old Eriksson might not have survived if it were not for a major football tournament with first-class medical equipment.

“I think this is completely decisive,” Boyson said. “The time from when it happened to when he got help is the key factor. That time is very short. That is decisive.”

Danish coach Caspar Helmand said in a conversation with Eriksson that the Inter Milan midfielder cares more about the health of his teammates than his own.

“He said,’I don’t remember too much, but I care more about you. How are you?'” Hjulmand said. “That’s a typical Christian. … It’s nice to see him smiling.”

The Danish players and team staff received crisis management assistance in handling the incident. Erickson fell to the ground facing the ground late in the first half, his teammates formed a protective circle around him, and medical staff treated him.

The game was suspended for about 90 minutes before restarting. Finland won 1-0 after scoring in the second half.

Denmark cancelled the training courses planned on Sunday, but Hjulmand said they will try to resume their normal lives on Monday. He insisted that the players are determined to finish the game, and Denmark will face Belgium in Group B on Thursday.



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