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Denmark’s Christian Eriksen Stable Now, But ‘Was Gone’ After Collapsing On Field

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Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen was “gone” before he was resuscitated after suffering a cardiac arrest, the team’s doctor said on Sunday.

The 29-year-old is in stable condition after he was taken to a hospital in Copenhagen on Saturday after collapsing on the pitch during Denmark’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland.

Christian Eriksen Stable Now, But 'Was Gone' After Collapsing On Field
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – JUNE 12: Christian Eriksen of Denmark goes down injured as team mates (L – R) Simon Kjaer, Andreas Christensen, Martin Braithwaite and Thomas Delaney call for assistance during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group B match between Denmark and Finland on June 12, 2021 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Martin Meissner – Pool/Getty Images)

Morten Boesen, the team’s doctor, said in a news conference Sunday that Eriksen went into cardiac arrest and had to be resuscitated.

“He was gone, and we did cardiac resuscitation. It was a cardiac arrest,” Boesen said, per ESPN. “How close were we [to losing Eriksen]? I don’t know. We got him back after one defibrillator, so that’s quite fast. I’m not a cardiologist, so the details I will leave to the experts at the hospital.”

Denmark's Christian Eriksen Collapses During Game Against Finland
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – JUNE 12: Christian Eriksen (Hidden) of Denmark receives medical treatment during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group B match between Denmark and Finland on June 12, 2021 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Martin Meissner – Pool/Getty Images)

The game between Denmark and Finland was halted in the 43rd minute following the incident. It was first announced to be suspended, and the UEFA announced the match will restart at the request of players on both teams.

When the match resumed later Saturday, Finland defeat Denmark 1-0 and Eriksen was named star of the match.

Written by Meg Turner

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