A sudden, strong illness, suffered by the Danish star, Christian Eriksen, held his breath during his country’s match with Finland on the second day of the European Football Championship, in Copenhagen.
The match was stopped after the 29-year-old Eriksen fell unconscious, but resumed after an hour and a half after it was stopped, after reports were received of the stability of the health of the Italian Inter player and the recovery of consciousness.
According to the English newspaper, “Daily Star”, the captain of the Danish national team, Simon Kjaer, saved the life of his colleague Eriksen after the emergency illness he was exposed to.
Christian Eriksen had collapsed and Simón Kjær 🙌🏻 reacted quickly, efficiently and aware of what was happening. He took his pulse, made sure his tongue was not closing the airway, and left him in the lateral position. EURO2020pic.twitter.com/2Bcro0CTds
— Rodrigo Saavedra 🧜🏻♂️🏳️🌈 (@Ro_SaavedraM) June 12, 2021
Captain and hero: Simon Kjaer.
Before the medics got there he secured his neck, cleared the airways and started CPR. Could have saved Eriksen’s life. Act of heroism.
Kjaer trying to keep also Cristian’s wife strong, is very emotional.
What a man. 💪 Eriksen#Kjaer EURO2020pic.twitter.com/nKIEgnI4fb
— Muhammad Saqib (@saqispeaks) June 12, 2021
She explained that Keir rushed to Eriksen as soon as he fell, where he worked to adjust his position to prevent swallowing his tongue in moments of fainting.
Simon Kjær was one of the first players to respond to Eriksen after he collapsed.
He then comforted his partner moments after.
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) June 12, 2021
She noted that Keir was not satisfied with that, but also performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation for Eriksen, before the medical staff arrived.
And she stated that in another scene that reflects Kier’s high morals and care for his teammates, Kier ordered the Denmark team players to make a “human cover” around Eriksen when he was receiving cardiac resuscitation on the ground, to prevent him from being photographed or taking any pictures of him while he was in that position.
Pictures taken by international agencies also showed Kier comforting Eriksen’s wife and trying to prevent her from seeing him in that condition.
Kier’s stances impressed the pioneers of social networking sites, who praised him, describing him as the “hero” who saved Eriksen from death.