Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen has been discharged from the hospital following a successful operation, according to the Danish Football Association.
Eriksen, the 29-year-old Inter Milan star, suffered cardiac arrest during Denmark’s opening Euro 2020 match against Finland on Saturday, June 12. According to Danish team doctor Morten Boesen, Eriksen was “gone” before being resuscitated after approximately ten minutes of CPR and defibrillation.
“We got him back after one defibrillation,” Boesen said.
Eriksen was taken to the hospital where he remained until being released earlier today. Prior to his release, Eriksen underwent a successful operation to install an implantable cardioverter defibrillator. An implantable cardioverter-defibrillator, or an “ICD”, is a type of pacemaker that can prevent potentially fatal cardiac arrests by discharging electrical pulses to restore a regular heart rhythm.
In a statement, Eriksen thanked fans around the world for their support:
“Thank you for the massive number of greetings — it has been incredible to see and feel. The operation went well, and I am doing well under the circumstances,” Eriksen said.
“It was really great to see the guys again after the fantastic game they played last night. No need to say, that I will be cheering them on Monday against Russia.”
— DBU – En Del Af Noget Større (@DBUfodbold) June 18, 2021
In addition to being released from the hospital, Eriksen was also able to visit with his Danish teammates today, who put forth a valiant effort in a 2-1 loss to Belgium, the #1 ranked team in the world, on Thursday.
Denmark will play their final group stage match of Euro 2020 against Russia on Monday, June 21. If Denmark, who currently sit last in Group B with zero points, is going to have any shot at advancing to the knockout stages of Euro 2020, they’re going to have to take all three points in their match against Russia.