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Christian Eriksen to be fitted with ICD heart-starter device in op after cardiac arrest following Euro 2020 collapse

, Christian Eriksen to be fitted with ICD heart-starter device in op after cardiac arrest following Euro 2020 collapse

CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN will be fitted with a heart-starter device following his cardiac arrest at the European Championships.

The Inter Milan playmaker collapsed on the pitch in Denmark’s opening game against Finland before being rushed to hospital.

Christian Eriksen will be fitted with a heart-started device following his cardiac arrest

Their team doctor Morten Boesen has now confirmed in a statement that Eriksen will be fitted with a Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator.

Boesen said: “After Christian has been through different heart examinations it has been decided that he should have an ICD (heart starter).

“This device is necessary after a cardiac attack due to rhythm disturbances.

“Christian has accepted the solution and the plan has moreover been confirmed by specialists nationally and internationally who all recommend the same treatment.

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“We encourage everybody to give Christian and his family peace and privacy the following time.”

An ICD is a device, usually fitted in your chest, that helps people with dangerously irregular heart rhythms and checks your beat all the time.

Ajax defender Daley Blind had an ICD fitted in December 2019 after being diagnosed with an inflammation of his heart muscle.

The Dutchman considered withdrawing from Holland’s Euros opener after seeing his former team-mate and friend Eriksen collapse.

He told Dutch broadcaster NOS: “Yesterday had a huge impact on me. 

“Besides the fact that I know Christian well as a friend, the situation for him is terrible. 

“Of course I have also experienced a few things in that area, so that I had to overcome a mental hurdle to play.

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“I had a lot of trouble with it, but I’m proud that I did it. Then all the emotion comes out for a while.

“I’ve definitely thought about not taking part. The images and the moment had a lot of impact and I didn’t sleep very well because of them. 

“I really had to overcome a big hurdle to do this.”

Eriksen has been recovering in a Copenhagen hospital since the shock incident.

German doctor Jens Kleinefeld treated the Inter Milan midfielder on the pitch and opened up on the moment Eriksen regained conciseness.

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 asked Eriksen: “Well, are you back with us?”

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Eriksen replied: “Yes, I am back with you. For f***s sake, I’m only 29 years old.”

The ex-Tottenham favourite took to social media on Tuesday to give fans an update on his recovery.

Posting a photo with his thumb up from his hospital bed, he wrote: “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.”

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