Did the national team doctor wait too long before doing heart massages? Did he think for too long that it was a seizure, considering the position he put Eriksen in for the first two minutes? Regardless, the man ultimately saved the life of the Danish star.
But the question everyone is asking is: how can such an accident happen to a player in great shape, who has undergone very thorough examinations? “Medicine is still powerless in the face of rare cases”, says Tom Teulingkx, president of the association of sports doctors. “3 to 5 in 100,000 athletes may have cardiac arrest after exercise. Eriksen is 29 years old. You can often see this phenomenon with athletes who are almost 30 years old. They may have a latent problem that worsens over time. time and which can be activated by the succession of accelerations. In football, you don’t make constant effort. “
However, football is not the sport that causes the most cardiac arrests. Teulingkx: “Only, it is sport that is the most practiced and the most publicized.”
In principle, Eriksen will receive a defibrillator, like Anthony Van Loo (ex-Roeselare and Mechelen). Van Loo has played soccer again. But after a second cardiac arrest (he was saved by his defibrillator) and an operation, he stopped at the age of 30.
The most important thing is that Eriksen is still alive. He came close to the worst. Teulingkx: “For every minute that passes before resuscitation begins, the victim of cardiac arrest loses a 10% chance of survival.”