Danish footballer Christian Eriksen will have a heart-starting device (ICD) installed after he crashed to the grass during a match with Finland at the European Championships due to a heart attack.
Eriksen is recovering in hospital after his heart stopped at the end of the first half of the game on Saturday. He was given help in the field, and doctors resuscitated him with a defibrillator.
Danish national team doctor Morten Boesen said today that an ICD device is necessary after a heart attack due to arrhythmia.
He added that Eriksen “accepted the solution” and that other international specialists had recommended the same treatment.
“After Christian underwent various heart examinations, it was decided that an ICD should be installed. We call on everyone to provide peace and privacy to Christian and his family,” Boesen said, Sky reported.
Former Eriksen teammate from Ajax, Daily Blind, who plays for the Netherlands at the European Championship, also has a built-in ICD, after being diagnosed with heart muscle inflammation in 2019.
An ICD is a small device that sends electrical impulses to regulate heart rhythms, especially those that can be dangerous and cause heart failure.
Denmark will play today for the first time since Eriksen collapsed on the field. That team will play against Belgium at 6 pm, the match of the second round of Group B in Copenhagen.
Fans at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen are planning a big ovation for Eriksen in the 10th minute, symbolically as Eriksen wears a jersey with that number.