Emmanuel Orhant, medical director of the FFF, believes that the care of Christian Eriksen after his discomfort on the pitch during the Euro Denmark-Finland match was successful and that it saved his life. The Federation’s medical boss also indicates that the Inter Milan player (29) will have no brain damage.
“As long as there is a heart attack, there is very little chance that it will come back on its own.” The drama was narrowly avoided this Saturday in Copenhagen during the Euro match between Denmark and Finland. Shortly before the break, Christian Eriksen suffered a serious illness. Her heart stopped before beating again, thanks to the rapid intervention of helpers.
“Reactivity is essential, recalls Emmanuel Orhant, medical director of the FFF, in an interview with AFP. Any second lost brings the person closer to death. The players and the referee immediately reacted well (… ), they immediately alerted. This is what the Samu says: we must alert, massage, defibrillate, the three things we teach football kids. (…) There was no loss of time, everyone did the job, be it the referee, the players, the medical service, the field resuscitation service, everything was done very well. “
If the 29-year-old is still in stable condition this Sunday morning, can he keep the consequences for his entire life? “There will be no after-effects because his brain has always been oxygenated, hence the interest in having a cardiac massage, replies Emmanuel Orhant. It is the fact of having massaged it that replaced the beats of the heart and which sent blood throughout the body. The fact of having defibrillated it made a “reset” (a restart, note) at the level of the heart and the heart started again on good bases. he is starting again on a good basis, that at no time has the brain lacked oxygen and that it has a healthy heart, there is no problem and there will be no after-effects. “
“It can happen to anyone”
Reassuring, even if this shows that despite the multiple checks passed by the players during their career, such an accident can always happen. “It can happen to anyone, confirms Emmanuel Orhant. This is why we are trying to find causes. The team of Professor François Carré, from Rennes, has launched a large inter -Federations at the French level to try to get answers on the sudden death of amateur and professional sportsmen. These are things that we keep trying to improve. The protocols on professional football are good, the monitoring is good , and at European level it’s the same thing. This player might not have been saved if we (…) had not put in place all the people at the edge of the pitch so that he be still alive. “