…. very publically went into cardiac arrest during the opening fixture of the European Championship against Finland on 12th June. It was reported that the player was in cardiac arrest for several minutes. CPR commenced quickly, and a defibrillator was onsite and available. It took just one shock from the machine to restore his life. Christian Eriksen is 29 years old, fit, and healthy; he exercises regularly, eats well and does all the right things. The message to be taken away is cardiac arrest can affect anyone at any time. In the space of a few hours, he went from playing football to dying to be able to talk to people around him.
In the space of just three days following his arrest, Mr Eriksen started posting on social media. Then, on the 18th of June, he was discharged from the hospital. He now has an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (known as an ICD) inserted to monitor his heart rhythm. It is being reported in Italy that his club side Inter Milan anticipates Mr Eriksen will join their squad next week, where he will undergo various medical tests. The quick thinking and actions of those involved, plus the availability of a defibrillator, demonstrates how vital learning the skills and availability of the machines are in our communities.
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