Inter Milan’s Eriksen Discharged From Hospital After Being Fitted With Implant In His Heart

KEY POINTS:

  • Christian Eriksen has been discharged from the hospital after a successful operation that fitted his heart with a device that stops sudden death.
  • The 29-year-old Denmark midfielder suffered a cardiac arrest which shocked the entire football fraternity during his side's defeat by Finland in Copenhagen on Saturday.
  • The British Heart Foundation describes an ICD as a small device that is placed under the skin, connected to the heart with "thin wires" and "sends electrical pulses to regulate abnormal heart rhythms".

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Christian Eriksen has been discharged from the hospital after a successful operation that fitted his heart with a device that stops sudden death.

The 29-year-old Denmark midfielder suffered a cardiac arrest which shocked the entire football fraternity during his side’s defeat by Finland in Copenhagen on Saturday.

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He visited the team on Friday and will now return home with his family.

“Thank you for the massive number of greetings,” Eriksen said in a statement.

“It has been incredible to see and feel.

“The operation went well, and I am doing well under the circumstances.

“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 on them on Monday against Russia.”

Christian Eriksen
Christian Eriksen

Former Tottenham player Eriksen, who is now at Inter Milan, collapsed shortly before half-time against Finland and needed to be resuscitated with a defibrillator.

Eriksen was fitted with an ICD – implantable cardioverter defibrillator – which is “necessary due to rhythm disturbances”, Danish team doctor Morten Boesen previously said.

The British Heart Foundation describes an ICD as a small device that is placed under the skin, connected to the heart with “thin wires” and “sends electrical pulses to regulate abnormal heart rhythms”.

Denmark plays their final group B match against Russia on Monday.

So far they have lost their two matches despite playing a fantastic game in both encounters.

On Thursday, players and fans from Denmark and their opponents Belgium showed support for Eriksen during an emotional minute’s applause in the 10th minute of the match. Eriksen wears Denmark’s number 10 shirt.

Denmark found the back of the net in the second minute of the game but ended up losing 2-1 after Denmark brought in their top cream players, Kevin Debruyne and Eden Hazard in the second half.

Their chances of proceeding to the next round are minimal.

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