BIG RELIEF: first photo of Eriksen pops up after Saturday’s cardiac arrest

A photo of Denmark footballer Christian Eriksen surfaced online for the first time after he suffered a cardiac arrest on Saturday night, during the Euro 2020 Group B opener against Finland.

In the photo, the attacking midfielder is seen with a smile and looking well. He gave a thumb up, lying on his hospital bed.

Eriksen collapsed in the 42nd minute of the first half in the Finland half of the pitch.

The Inter Milan player was taken to the hospital after receiving a Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the pitch, in Copenhagen, causing the suspension of the match during the medical emergency.

Play was stopped seconds after the No. 10 dropped down as his teammates desperately signalled the medical team to come onto the pitch to attend to Eriksen’s medical emergency.

Danish players were seen in tears as medical staff tried to revive the former Tottenham Hotspur’s man, who suddenly collapsed near the touchline.

The Danish players, referee Anthony Taylor who swiftly halted play and called for medical support and the medical team have been commended for their quick responses and efforts in helping revive Eriksen.

Cardiac arrest is a serious heart condition, and is common among athletes in spite of the fact that they receive some best medical care on a regular basis.

The Danish Football Association on Sunday provided some positive update on Eriksen. He was said to be awake in hospital as his condition had stabilised. They said he continues to be hospitalised for further examination.

Eriksen’s surfaced photo corroborates the Danish FA’s statement.

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