“He was gone,” Morten Boesen, the team medical doctor of Denmark, told reporters today Sunday during a briefing on the current situation of Christian Eriksen.
The player collapsed last night in a European Championships League game against Finland.
Boesen said the player’s heart had stopped beating at the time the medical team arrived at the pitch for first aid.
During the press conference, Morten Boesen said they had to use a defibrillator to resuscitate him from a cardiac arrest which struck the player at a time he was not fully in motion. The player’s collapse was captured on live TV.
The player was given special medical attention when he went unconscious, and his teammates immediately formed a circle to prevent the cameras from taking pictures while the medical team was taking care of the situation.
Boesen said, “He was gone; we did cardiac resuscitation, it was a cardiac arrest. We got him back after one defib (defibrillation),” adding that the player is currently under medical observation as more tests are to be conducted to ensure that he is fine before leaving the hospital.
He also noted to reporters that they do not have an explanation as to what may have caused the cardiac arrest as the player was in good health before the game.
“We don’t have an explanation as to why it happened,” he said, adding that the medical examinations which have been conducted on Eriksen look good.
The Danish Coach Kasper Hjulmandm also told reporters that he has spoken with the player who says he cannot remember what actually happened on the pitch on Saturday and that Eriksen told him that he feels strong. “I think you are feeling worse than I am. I feel as if I’m about to go training now, boys,” he said the player told him.
“Christian is in good spirits, and it’s a huge relief for the players after all this uncertainty,” he added.
In 2003 during the FIFA Confederations Cup semi-final against Colombia, Cameroon midfielder Marc Vivian Foe collapsed and died on the field, and there have been a series of incidents relating to cardiac arrest within the last 10 years with a 90 percent recovery rate.