Inter and Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen has sent a heart-warming video to a nine-year-old girl, Evie, who is waiting to have an ICD (implantable cardioverter-defibrillator) device fitted, just like he did after his collapse and cardiac arrest at Euro 2020 in June.
Protected from television cameras by his teammates, Eriksen was resuscitated on the pitch during Denmark’s harrowing clash with Finland and was fitted with an ICD at hospital soon after.
The battery powered device is surgically placed in the chest to monitor a person’s heartbeat and deliver electric impulses to the heart to help control an abnormal heartbeat.
Already diagnosed with a rare heart condition, Evie was watching on TV as Eriksen collapse at Euro 2020 and only a couple of days later found out she needs an ICD fitted at Great Ormond Street hospital in London. She immediately wrote to the player after learning he was having one too and the power of social media has helped Eriksen get in touch with a special video message.
“Thanks for the lovely letter, just read it through tonight,” he said.
“I hope you are feeling comfortable and confident going into the operation. I know it’s never fun to be in a hospital at all, but I’m sure the doctors know what they are doing and they will help you and tell you what they know and think.
“I’m sure you will get back to normal life very quickly afterward. I know I did and I’m sure it will be the same with you. I just wanted to wish you all the best and hopefully maybe we will see each other in the future.”
Sadly, Evie’s surgery to fit the ICD has since been cancelled at the 11th hour and is yet to be rearranged. But Eriksen’s message of support will stay with as she waits again for the operation.