“Lucky it happened while Eriksen was on the field ». Because Eriksen got that terrible sickness during Denmark-Finland? Now many are asking for it. Roberto Weather in Vannicelli, cardiologist sports team and doctor of the national volleyball team, is still shaken as he describes to ANSA the emotions he felt in seeing the images of what happened in Copenhagen, where the Danish Inter player suddenly collapsed to the ground, just minutes from the end of the first half of the European Championship match against Finland.
Illness on the pitch: what happened during Denmark-Finland
«I immediately thought back to Morosini, I thought I saw the same scene again, chilling – he says -. But everything necessary has been done, for what I have seen. The rescue was immediate, the protocol was respected and now I think I can say that the worst is over. If it had happened like the poor falconer, in a hotel room, without the possibility of immediate resuscitation, now we would not be talking about a survivor ». THE rescue «they were fast, efficient – underlines the cardiologist -. From what I saw, they intubated him on the pitch and therefore more than this could not be done ».
The drama of the event remains, “but it also gives a signal of hope because it means that if safety protocols are respected, from the defibrillator to the health care personnel trained in resuscitation, many sudden deaths would certainly be avoided or, at least, reduced”.
Now, before talking about Eriksen’s competitive future, «we need to understand exactly what he had. There are silent heart diseases – explains Vannicelli – that can not be discovered even with thousands of tests, those that a professional athlete must pass. About 3% of sudden sports deaths fall into a gray area that not even the autopsy can highlight. In a case like this, fortunately not fatal, the most frequent anomalies are the electrical ones, the so-called ‘channelopathies’.
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