Denmark’s Christian Eriksen to be fitted with heart starter after collapse

Denmark’s Christian Eriksen to be fitted with heart starter after collapse

Denmark national team doctor said Thursday that midfielder Christian Eriksen will be fitted with a heart starter after he collapsed in the team's Euro 2020 opener against Finland. 

Eriksen's collapsed near halftime of Saturday's match,  a 1-0 defeat. CPR was administered and a defibrillator was used on the pitch to save his life. He was taken to the hospital for further treatment and evaluation. 

“After Christian has been through different heart examinations, it has been decided that he should have an ICD [heart starter]. This device is necessary after cardiac attack due to rhythm disturbances," doctor Morten Boesen said.

Eriksen posted a message Tuesday on Instagram and said he is "fine — under the circumstances."

Denmark's Christian Eriksen controls the ball during the Euro 2020 match against Finland. (Photo: Wolfgang Rattay, Pool via AP)

According to the Mayo Clinic, an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator is a device that is battery powered and is placed in the chest to monitor heart rhythm and detect irregular heartbeats. It can deliver electric shocks using wires connected to the heart, usually meant to establish an abnormal heart rhythm.

"Christian has accepted the solution and the plan has moreover been confirmed by specialists nationally and internationally who all recommend the same treatment," Boesen added.

Denmark's next Group B match is Thursday against Belgium. 

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