A stunning and terrifying incident occurred on a soccer field Saturday during the Euro 2021 playoff match…a healthy, young 29-year-old Danish player dropped like a sack of hammers, mid-game, and nearly died.
His heart stopped.
Inter Milan player Christian Eriksen dropped to the ground at the Parken Stadium shortly before half-time, as players and fans looked on in complete horror. English referee Anthony Taylor called medics on to the pitch and Eriksen’s heart was restarted and he underwent prolonged CPR treatment, which is what saved his life.
#DEN team doctor Morten Boesen has confirmed that Christian Eriksen's life was saved on the pitch.
The Danish Football Union will offer crisis support to the players, Eriksen’s family and the staff working with their men’s national team.https://t.co/0xBWnlh6Aj
— Anthony Joseph (@AnthonyRJoseph) June 12, 2021
Update: (Sunday, June 13, 10:15 am) Early reports claimed the player had been vaccinated 12-days ago, but now Reuters says that’s not true.
Inter Milan Chief Medic and Cardiologist confirmed that Christian Eriksen received the Pfizer vaccine 12 days ago. He spoke an hour ago on Radio Sportiva from Italy.
— Michael Tyler (@Michael52018513) June 12, 2021
Here’s what Reuters says:
Inter Milan director Giuseppe Marotta dismissed suggestions that club midfielder Christian Eriksen, who collapsed in Denmark’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland on Saturday, had previously contracted COVID-19 while the Italian club’s doctor said he had shown no previous signs of a health issue.
Eriksen, 29, collapsed in the 42nd minute of the match near the touchline after a Denmark throw-in and was given life-saving cardiac massage treatment on the pitch, with officials later saying the player was stable and awake in hospital. read more
“In the next few days, he will undergo thorough examinations. The most important thing is that he is well,” Inter team doctor Piero Volpi told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“But there has never been an episode that even remotely hinted at a problem, neither when he was at Tottenham nor at Inter. In Italy the checks are very rigorous.”
Sanjay Sharma of St. George’s University of London, the playmaker’s cardiologist at former club Tottenham Hotspur, also said Eriksen had no prior heart issues during his time with the Premier League side.
However, he told the Mail on Sunday that some players may have had sub-clinical COVID-19 infections, which could have resulted in “scarring” of the heart.
Marotta dismissed that suggestion.
“He didn’t have COVID and wasn’t vaccinated either,” he told Rai Sport.
When the reports initially came out that he had taken the vaccine, people were worried, especially because of the latest CDC warnings:
NBC reports that a higher-than-usual number of cases of a type of heart inflammation has been reported following Covid-19 vaccination, especially among young men following their second dose of an mRNA vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.
Overall, 226 cases of myocarditis or pericarditis after vaccination in people younger than age 30 have been confirmed, Dr. Tom Shimabukuro, deputy director of the CDC’s Immunization Safety Office, said during a presentation to a Food and Drug Administration advisory group. Further investigation is needed, however, to confirm whether the vaccination was the cause of the heart problem.
Normally, fewer than 100 cases would be expected for this age group.
Here is Christian being taken off the field, he has his eyes open.
— Koushik Chakraborty (@koushik_95) June 12, 2021
Regardless of what happened – and whether or not it’s true that he did not take the vax, this is terrifying.
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