Doctor Says Christian Eriksen Had Cardiac Arrest: ‘He Was Gone’

Eriksen went into cardiac arrest on the field during a game at Euro 2020, team officials said, but was well enough Sunday to speak to his coach.,

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Denmark’s team doctor on Christian Eriksen: ‘He was gone.’

Morten Boesen, the doctor for Denmark's national team, spoke to reporters via videoconference.
Morten Boesen, the doctor for Denmark’s national team, spoke to reporters via videoconference.Credit…Mads Claus Rasmussen/EPA, via Shutterstock
  • June 13, 2021, 10:07 a.m. ET

Denmark’s team doctor said Christian Eriksen went into cardiac arrest during a game at Euro 2020 on Saturday and that “he was gone” before lifesaving treatment on the field resuscitated him.

The doctor, Morten Boesen, led the work in giving Eriksen cardiopulmonary resuscitation after he collapsed during Denmark’s European Championship game against Finland.

“He was gone. And we did cardiac resuscitation. And it was cardiac arrest,” Boesen said in a videoconference with reporters. “How close were we? I don’t know. We got him back after one defib. That’s quite fast.”

It remained unclear what caused Eriksen to collapse just before halftime, and Boesen, noting he is not a cardiologist, declined to speculate in any way.

Eriksen remains in a Copenhagen hospital in stable condition, but Denmark’s coach, Kasper Hjulmand, said he had spoken to Eriksen on a video chat. It was, the coach said, “good to see him smile.”

“He said, ‘I don’t remember much but I’m more concerned about you guys; how are you doing?'” Hjulmand said. “That’s typical Christian.”

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