Denmark’s Christian Eriksen has been discharged from hospital and visited his teammates nearly a week after collapsing on the pitch.
The Danish football association said Eriksen had had a successful operation, following his cardiac arrest during Denmark’s Euro 2020 game with Finland in Copenhagen on Saturday.
The association tweeted: “Christian Eriksen has been through a successful operation and was discharged from Rigshospitalet.
“Today he also visited the national team in Helsinger – and from here he will go home and spend time with his family.”
In a message to well-wishers Eriksen said: “The operation went well and I am doing well under the circumstances.”
The Danish football association previously said that Eriksen would be fitted with an implantable device that can function as both a pacemaker and defibrillator.
The heart starter, known as an ICD, is designed to correct the rhythm of the heart if it notices a potentially dangerous pattern by issuing a number of small or larger electric shocks.
In extreme situations it can act as a defibrillator to restore the heart’s normal rhythm, according to the British Heart Foundation website.
The 29-year-old Inter Milan midfielder collapsed on the pitch just before halftime, leaving him needing to be resuscitated and the game temporarily stopped.
Danish players formed a ring around their teammate and comforted Eriksen’s distraught partner.
Eriksen, who spent seven years with Tottenham in the Premier League, regained consciousness before being taken to hospital, where medics continued to work to identify what caused his cardiac arrest.
The British Heart Foundation defines a cardiac arrest as “when your heart suddenly stops pumping blood around your body”.
Denmark‘s team doctor Morten Boesen said the midfielder was “gone” but the swift response and treatment on the pitch and by medical staff meant he was soon stabilised.
On Thursday, during Denmark’s game with Belgium, players paid tribute to Eriksen by kicking the ball out on the 10th minute (the same as the player’s shirt number) as the whole stadium gave him a minute’s applause.
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