“I saw him dead”: the heartbreaking testimony of a partner of Christian Eriksen who assisted him at the time of his collapse in the European Championship

I saw him dead the heartbreaking testimony of a partner
Martin Braithwaite gave a strong revelation about what he lived with his partner Christian Eriksen (REUTERS / Laurence Griffiths)
Martin Braithwaite gave a strong revelation about what he lived with his partner Christian Eriksen (REUTERS / Laurence Griffiths)

Last June 12 the world was paralyzed with what happened to Christian eriksen, the Danish midfielder who suffered cardiac arrest and collapsed near the end of the first half of the match against Finland, when both teams made their Eurocup debut. At that time many feared the worst; however, the footballer was removed from the playing field alive thanks to medical assistance.

They were minutes of tension and a lot of anguish for everyone, teammates, rivals, spectators and the world of football that followed him on television. One of the players who got to where Eriksen fell the fastest was Martin Braithwaite, who gave a strong confession about what he experienced.

“I just experienced one of the situations most terrible of my life. What had to be the most important sporting event in the history of Denmark turned into a nightmare ”, he recounted in the documentary produced by 4-3-3 on the development of the Euro the Barcelona forward and Eriksen’s teammate.

“What happened that night was a shock to many people. There was a moment when I looked at him and he was gone. When you see him or when you see his body … the person is dead, there is no doubt. You know it immediately. It’s what I saw ”, he continued, moved, remembering that first moment in which he saw his partner lying on the grass.

Then he added that his first reaction was to pray. “I felt like it was the only thing I could do at that moment. Look at God. We had all the doctors working on it and that image … is something I don’t want anyone to see.”, He explained.

Martin Braithwaite was one of the first to approach Christian Eriksen (REUTERS / Wolfgang Rattay)
Martin Braithwaite was one of the first to approach Christian Eriksen (REUTERS / Wolfgang Rattay)

Finally, he highlighted the good fortune of the situation and the recovery of the Inter Milan midfielder. “In the end we had a happy ending. Christian is fine and stable and that’s the only thing we wanted, ”he stressed.

According to Sky Sports Italy via Football Italy, the former Tottenham player returned to Milan this week, to the Appiano Gentile facilities, home of Inter, to greet his teammates and the new technical direction headed by Simone inzaghi.

Eriksen, 29, spent a few weeks vacation with his family after being discharged, but will have to undergo further medical tests that will determine whether he can continue his football career.

Francesco Braconaro, a member of the scientific committee of the Italian Football Federation, announced that Eriksen cannot yet be given the go-ahead to play in Italy. “If the defibrillator is removed, confirming that the pathology can be resolved, then he can return to play at Inter”, He indicated.

Christian Eriksen's greeting from the hospital where he was admitted
Christian Eriksen’s greeting from the hospital where he was admitted

According to information from the aforementioned media, the Inter doctors want to draw up a roadmap that aims to withdraw the subcutaneous cardiac defibrillator from Eriksen. This device was installed a few weeks ago through an operation carried out at the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen.

However, in the event that the results of the medical tests of the neroazzurros be positive, Eriksen still must wait about six months to jump back on the court. During this period, the Danish international must prepare in all aspects to return to the official competition.

Eriksen is reportedly excited at the prospect of reuniting with his teammates after helping Inter win their first Scudetto since 2010 last season. Although beyond his desire, the next medical examinations will be key and defining for the future of the Dane as a footballer.

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