The distressing scenes in Copenhagen earlier this month when Eriksen suddenly collapsed would have brought back painful memories of Muamba’s incident at Tottenham
Fabrice Muamba has revealed he sent a supportive message to Christian Eriksen as the Denmark international continues his recovery from a cardiac arrest.
Eriksen suddenly collapsed on the pitch during Denmark’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland earlier this month and had to receive emergency CPR on the pitch.
The quick-thinking actions of Eriksen’s Denmark teammates – captain Simon Kjaer stabilised his neck and cleared his airways – and the emergency medics helped to save the player’s life.
The Inter playmaker was rushed to a nearby hospital in Copenhagen where his position was stabilised, and he was subsequently fitted with an ICD (implantable cardioverter-defibrillator).
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Eriksen has continued his recovery and has recently visited his international teammates at training, while Denmark have subsequently progressed through the group stages and Round of 16, to set up a quarter final clash against Czech Republic.
The distressing incident of Eriksen’s collapse on the pitch will have brought back memories of Muamba collapsing on the pitch at White Hart Lane in March 2012 during a match between Tottenham and Bolton.
Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest during the FA Cup clash and his heart stopped for 78 minutes before being revived by medical staff and cardiologist Andrew Deaner, who was in attendance at the match as a supporter.
The central midfielder remained in a critical condition in hospital for two days before his situation was stabilised and was discharged from hospital after a month.
Later that year, Muamba announced his retirement from football and his post-playing career has largely been dedicated to campaigning for more defibrillators and life-saving equipment to be readily available.
He has now revealed he has touched base with Eriksen following his incident.
Muamba told an interview with talkSPORT on Monday: “I’ve sent him a message last week, I’ve not heard anything back, but we need to give him space.
“I’m sure when he’s ready to get in touch, I would be glad to be able to speak to him about anything he wants to speak about.
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“I believe he’s been told he will have an ICD put in him, which is good news.
“If anything good comes out of the tournament, it’s that Christian Eriksen is well and sound. That’s the best news to come out of Euro 2020.”
Muamba praised the actions of all those involved in reacting to Eriksen’s collapse, including his teammates and referee Anthony Taylor.
He added: “I was watching it and couldn’t believe it.
“When people tell you ‘you’ve have an accident’ you don’t see the effect it has.
“Also there was nobody around him. There’s so much emotions going on at the time and I was watching the guy and thinking ‘this can’t happen again’.
“The medical staff, referee and everyone else was absolutely fantastic on the day. To resuscitate him, to be able to use a defib and get Christian from the pitch to the ambulance in a very good condition, they deserve a lot of credit.”