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Christian Eriksen records touching video message for nine-year-old facing same operation he had

Written by on 11/08/2021

Christian Eriksen has sent a video message to a nine-year-old girl reassuring her before she undergoes the same operation he had after collapsing at Euro 2020.

The Inter Milan midfielder suffered a cardiac arrest during Denmark’s opening match against Finland.

Eriksen was given life-saving treatment on the pitch and later had an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) device implanted.

The device is a type of pacemaker that helps prevent fatal cardiac arrests by discharging a jolt to restore a regular heart rhythm.

Eriksen received a letter from Edie ahead of her operation to have an ICD fitted at Great Ormond Street hospital in London.

Her mother, Nicci Martin, shared his response on Facebook.

“Thanks for the lovely letter, I just read it through tonight,” Eriksen says in the video message.

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“I hope you are feeling comfortable and confident going into the operation.

“It is never fun to be in hospital but I am sure the doctors know what they are doing and they will help you and tell you what they know and they think.

“I am sure you will get back to normal life very quickly afterwards – I know I did.

“I am sure it will be the same with you.”

Eriksen thanked well-wishers for their 'sweet and amazing' messages. Pic: Twitter/DBUfodbold
Image: Eriksen thanked well-wishers for their ‘sweet and amazing’ messages after he collapsed. Pic: Twitter/DBUfodbold

In her post sharing the video, Ms Martin said: “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!

“We’re all overwhelmed by the amount of shares and comments of support from our family, friends and complete strangers!!

“The post was shared nearly 500 times and reached a lovely man in Denmark, named Kasper, who helped to get this message to us.

“What an amazing man you are Christian Eriksen, thank you so much for fulfilling Evie’s wish

“Kindness is everything. Thank you everyone x.”

Denmark supporters display banners for Christian Eriksen
Image: Denmark supporters display banners for Christian Eriksen

Ms Martin said her daughter “has a huge phobia of needles, cannulas and blood”.

She said she was a keen football player herself and was a fan of Eriksen’s former club, Tottenham.

Edie’s operation has been postponed and they are still waiting for a date, her mother said.

A giant Christian Eriksen shirt was brought onto the pitche before the match
Image: A giant Christian Eriksen shirt was brought onto the pitch before the Denmark v Belgium match

Last week, Eriksen returned to the Inter training ground for the first time since his collapse.

A club statement said he was “in excellent physical and mental shape”.

However, he will not be allowed to play in Italy unless his ICD device is removed, leaving his future in the sport unclear.

 Sky News

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