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Surgeon – Ginola Lucky To Be Alive – It’s An Unbelievable Story

9:05 am, Saturday, May 21st, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 92 Comments

David Ginola is a very lucky man to still be alive today, as he recovers in a French hospital after having an emergency six-hour quadruple heart bypass surgery.

The earlier news was that he had suffered a heart attack while playing in a charity football match but that was being denied yesterday.

But it turns out he was in cardiac arrest on the pitch and he had to be shocked four times via a defibrillator by the emergency medical team, who had arrived just 8 minutes after he had collapsed – before he was airlifted to the Monaco hospital.

If that hadn’t happened in that timely manner he would have suffered irrecoverable brain damage.

The former Newcastle United winger was indeed close to death and his surgeon today has confirmed the 49 year-old could have been brain dead and is a very lucky man.

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David Ginola – extremely lucky to be alive

More accurate details are now emerging on what exactly happened on the pitch before he was lifted by helicopter to the Monaco Heart Center, where he underwent the emergency heart surgery.

His surgeon is Gilles Dreyfus, Professor of Cardiac Surgery at the Monaco Heart Center and he has said this today:

“He played a charity game. He collapsed and people thought it was a joke, but after one or two minutes somebody realized it was serious.”

“Fortunately there was one person who had been trained in CPR, otherwise he would have been brain dead.”

“They then called the emergency services, and they arrived eight minutes later with him in cardiac arrest.”

“He was shocked four times on site and they were able to restore a normal heart rhythm.”

“A helicopter transferred him to Monaco Heart Center where he immediately underwent a quadruple heart bypass.”

“He woke normally with no neurological damage and is now recovering like anybody would normally do.”

“Luckier you can’t be.”

“It’s an unbelievable story.”

So David is a really lucky man and whoever that person was who was trained in CPR and quickly realized it was a serious situation and not a joke – saved Davids’s life.

He’s the real hero in all of this.

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92 responses so far ↓

  • 1 shaun83 // May 21, 2016 at 9:08 AM

    Get will soon Ginola

    When it comes to signings I want enough to get us out the championship and that’s it. We aren’t going to be signing many if any proven European players who would then have us challenging at the top of the prem whilst in the championship!

  • 2 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // May 21, 2016 at 9:09 AM

    Great news, get well soon Ginola. Never got to watch him play but I’ve heard stories, what a legend.

  • 3 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 21, 2016 at 9:10 AM


    Raffa wants control of everything, including the wallpaper. This is the only way to ensure promotion.

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // May 21, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    How many 83’s are there?

  • 5 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 21, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    La-la la Ginola. Get well soon, you genius of a player, you!

  • 6 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 21, 2016 at 9:12 AM


    There might be 83 of them :-O

  • 7 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 21, 2016 at 9:13 AM


  • 8 Jail for Ashley // May 21, 2016 at 9:14 AM

    Some SMB put a 5unde1and Echo article about how stupid we are because we wanted rid of Pardew and Carver who kept us up but are in love with Shearer and Benitez who took is down. It shows the level of their mentality when they’d be content with a manager who’ll just keep them in the PL.

  • 9 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // May 21, 2016 at 9:14 AM

    Championship team:-

    Manager: Rafael Benitez

    Formation: 4-2-3-1

    First Team:

    _________New ST


    New Cb

  • 10 geordieboy83 // May 21, 2016 at 9:16 AM


    Yeah true he wasn’t brilliant when he cMe on against West Ham, but I’ve seen enough to think he could do a more than capable job.

    I honestly believe a no10 de Jong and a quick striker ala arma or Perez would tear the championship up. De Jong is a class act just never fit

  • 11 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // May 21, 2016 at 9:17 AM


    When you say it like that it really does put things into perspective. I believe we’ll be better off then them in the long run anyway.


  • 12 Munster Mag // May 21, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    La la la ginola! A great fan of our club. Saivet? I would keep him personally. Think he is good enough. I just believe we need a big transfusion of players. I dont want too many cloggers and think we can play our way out of this league provided sexier players eg perez are willing to work hard too. Rafa will make us hard to beat and a good defensive team which will be a major change for us culturally too. No more journos talking about porous nufc defences and how newcastle “always give you goals” .

  • 13 Jail for Ashley // May 21, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    Like YC says we couldn’t afford to bed him in when the stakes were so high, he may well turn out to be a good player. Even if Tiote stays there are fifty plus games next season and there’ll be some walk in the park games in amongst them, plenty of time to ease him in to the team.

  • 14 STB // May 21, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    Great player and an intelligent pundit mr ginola. Hope he fully recovers.
    One of the many who were bitter with dog leash who singlehandedly stsrted the descent into hell of the entertainers but also one of the few who had a grudge against KK as he refused to let him go to Barcelona and then left a month later.
    Spot on for Elliott. Fantastic season while it lasted and sounds like a strong character amongst some lilly-livered colleagues.
    If he stays, I suspect saivet deserves his chance. We have a huge number of games and he can play several positions. I cannot imagine he would be worse than sissokho was in about 35 of the 38 games he played.
    Get mbabu signed up as FB and CB cover and another LB in case Haidas breaks down again. It’s probably time to start using Dummet as Cb too. When he’s played there, he has been excellent. He is no woodgate but a proper defender.
    Our stats with him in defence are significantly better I imagine.
    Let’s hope there are no typical Newcastle last minute hitches or someone like Southampton start sniffing around him.

  • 15 Jail for Ashley // May 21, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    The mackems are shyting themsekves, their six in a row becomes irrelevant when we lift a trophy.

  • 16 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 21, 2016 at 9:28 AM


    They have been all over social media all week, man. They are a bunch of degenerates obsessed with us. Raffa is not a world class manager in their eyes, but they sing the praises of perenial survivalist hippo heed allardyce. It is beyond comprehension.

  • 17 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // May 21, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    Saivet’s current situation to me is fairly easy to explain. Rafa wanted us to stay up and the only way to do that was to use Premier league experienced players. Thinking about it I actually find it kinda funny how Mcclaren was taking us down so quickly, he thought by playing Doumbia and Saivet in the run in would actually give us more chance of staying up when they clearly were struggling to adapt. However Benitez straight away knew what we needed to survive, which ultimately ended up being more games lol. I believe Saivet can start making a name for himself for us now in the championship, he must be pretty decent if he was the captain of bordeaux (think I butchered that spelling). Hell we signed Colback and he couldn’t even captain Sunderland so…

    Also Carr needs to go, whether Doumbia and Ferreyra were his first choice picks or not, they are inexcusable signings. That’s two years in a row we have bought someone on loan and they have not featured it’s ridiculous.

  • 18 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 21, 2016 at 9:32 AM


    Yeah thats what i was saying before. Raffa was in crisis mode. (Rightly so). Like Jail says, he will probably have plenty of chances next season if he hangs around.

  • 19 Jail for Ashley // May 21, 2016 at 9:32 AM

    I’m not sure what the plans are, is there going to be wholesale change or are we going to use what we’ve got. Personally I’d like to see that quality CB and LB brought in with Dummet as bench cover. But practically I think we’ll have to wait till we’re back in the PL to attract long term positions. So Dummet to remain as LB but still think we need a good CB, not sure what’s going to happen with captain courageous though.

  • 20 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 21, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    Looking at some of the alleged players on raffas wanted list, we could have one of the best championship sides ever seen!

  • 21 Jib // May 21, 2016 at 9:36 AM

    Clearly Wijnaldum and Sissoko (Arsenal is the rumour) will leave but when you look at players like Henri Saivet and Aleksandar Mitrovic you have to think of Leicester’s Mahrez and Vardy.
    Those two would both tell you a season fighting for promotion in the Championship was the making of them.

  • 22 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 21, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    Mind, it’s mostly speculation, as usual. But agger, arbeloa, alonso (he likes ‘A’ apparently). Even caulker would have a stroll in the chapionship.

  • 23 cyprus // May 21, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    If you read this stuff: Get well soon David.

    NUFC have had many very very good players through the years and opinions rightly vary depending on points of view, etc. In my mind you are the best player to ever play for my team. And THE entertainer.

  • 24 cyprus // May 21, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    You Coudn’t etc

    Well we do have the most expensive side ever relegated, so what you say is a possibility.

    Still, we need to forget about the idea that it will be a breeze down there. Many battling, even good sides…

  • 25 Jail for Ashley // May 21, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    Surely one of Rafas demands is to have his own team managing the U18 and U21’s. Hopefully all we’ll see of Beardsley is when you get a seat in the box or 1892 club.

  • 26 cyprus // May 21, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    Not sure what you think of those first two you mention. I have a feeling they’d be ‘big’ for us and really contribute to us coming right back. If they were convinced to stay and if they’d be up for it.

  • 27 AncientC // May 21, 2016 at 9:48 AM

    What a shame it is that players like Ginola & Ferdinand couldn’t have carried on playing for Newcastle, but then again, the degenerate (Dalglish) saw fit to kick them out and bring in the likes of Barnes, Ian Rush, and not forgetting, Paul Dalglish.

    Dalglish, Pardew, and McClaren. We have been through some unnecessary difficult times…

  • 28 martoon // May 21, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    Looking at previous players of the season I find it ironic that they have all been defenders considering how poor our defence has always been over the years!

  • 29 Jail for Ashley // May 21, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    Pure ego driven idiocy what Dalglish done to that team, as much as I love SBR, I’ll always be a little bit annoyed at him for not coming when KK left.

  • 30 lochinvar // May 21, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Morning papers have Sissoko down to go to Arsenal – HQ for France’s 4th largest City.
    Gini – doesn’t seem man enough to stay and is probably best going back to Holland if that’s the plan.
    Janmatt will need to be careful – another Enrique in waiting. Maybe Stoke or West Brom will come calling so good luck with that.
    Reality is that Charnley may make the Benitez deal conditional on these three being moved out so as to cover his backside from loosing £80m.
    Where is De Jong in all this ? Could it be that Rafa’ s team will get him fit with the aim of making him a key creative player for the team ?

    As for the Mackems all there bleating is just an inferiority complex because they are the Paracetemol capital of theUK. They have to listen to their games on Radio Newcastle, take their holidays from Newcastle Airport and go to work on the Newcastle Metro. Talk about an identity crisis that purveys a minority of their fans.. That’s before they have to contend with the association with Adam Jonhston and Margaret Bryne dealings of that matter. Still we can be gracious enough to recognise their true fans ( and often colleagues or relatives ) for their contributions to remembering John and Liam. Just need to keep a perspective on what matters.
    Ashley out !

  • 31 Jail for Ashley // May 21, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    I don’t know how a team with such a consistently poor defence managed to stay in the PL for so long.

  • 32 Jib // May 21, 2016 at 9:56 AM

    I’d love for them to stay and help with the cause but they are both making very clear “come and get me” noises in the media.

  • 33 Lindisfarne // May 21, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    David Ginola – because he is worth it.

  • 34 stuart no9 // May 21, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Hope he gets well soon .
    Will never forget his goal at SJP against Fenerbace. Still the best goal scored at SJP for me . Unbelievable

  • 35 Jib // May 21, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    Deschamps gets a lot of flak in the French press about his constant selecting of Sissoko for Les Bleus .If Sissoko was playing in the second tier – Uncle Didier (as they call him in connection with Moussa) couldn’t justify his continued selection.
    The same with Wijnaldums “orange” ambitions , the Dutch just would not pick a player who wasn’t playing in the top tier of any national league.

  • 36 magscar // May 21, 2016 at 10:07 AM


    That was the club! Mentioned Ferencvaros yesterday of the top of my head – got my “F” s mixed up. Memorable goal if not the opponents 🙂

  • 37 stuart no9 // May 21, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    Ferencvarence ** can’t spell it hahahahaha

  • 38 Jail for Ashley // May 21, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    I think we have to accept the fact that some players will leave who we might not want to.

  • 39 shaun83 // May 21, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    Jib – true but doesn’t really matter, no tournament next year

  • 40 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // May 21, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Perez in my eyes is going to stay and realise his true potential in the championship, could be this season that he puts on more muscle aswell to compliment his game. I feel that he has a strong connection with Rafa already and I’m pretty sure Rafa is keen on making him a big player. With Rafa guiding him I’m sure he will stay and hopefully show us the player that we saw glimpses of in his first season.

  • 41 Jib // May 21, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    In some national squads if you’re not even selected for friendlies you soon become a forgotten man.

  • 42 ScoopSouthAfrica // May 21, 2016 at 10:29 AM

    Glad to see you are on the road to recovery David (pronounced the French way).
    You were always one of my favourite at NUFC because of the way you played and your skill, ball players have always been my focus…… yours along with the likes of Tony Green; Jinky Jim; Geoff Allen; Chris Waddle & Gazza etc.

  • 43 Jail for Ashley // May 21, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    It’s ironic that those we are worried might leave, Jaanmatt, Sissoko and Wini are the three gutless barsteward’s that done their best to send us down.

  • 44 expatmag // May 21, 2016 at 10:42 AM


    Play Perez in the No.10 role and not as an out and out attacker or wide nan and you could be right.

  • 45 lesh // May 21, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    Ginola’s a very lucky lad and all good wishes to him.

    I wonder if Charnley’s ever had an attack and never recovered from being brain dead?

    Tsk tsk, naughty lesh.

  • 46 lesh // May 21, 2016 at 10:59 AM


    Rafa seems to be taking on so much – near de facto DoF.

    Let’s hope Rafa recruits some quality support on the technical coaching and fitness side of things – obviously tactics and tactical training are his domain.

  • 47 Jail for Ashley // May 21, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    I can’t seem to find any mention of a bronze statue for Rafa, every manager wants a bronze statue of himself. If he wins an FA cup here he will be immortalised.

  • 48 Jail for Ashley // May 21, 2016 at 11:10 AM

    When’s the fixture list out.

  • 49 Jail for Ashley // May 21, 2016 at 11:10 AM

    After the play offs I suppose, but how long after?

  • 50 Jail for Ashley // May 21, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    Seventeen out of the 24 clubs in the Championship have once been in the PL and some look like a long way from returning, how lucky we’ve been to attract Rafa.

  • 51 Jail for Ashley // May 21, 2016 at 11:19 AM

    Isn’t life full of twists and turns. Mike Ashley one of the most disliked people in football could well be remembered, not for sucking the joy and like out of a famous football club but for delivering it an FA or league cup.

  • 52 Jail for Ashley // May 21, 2016 at 11:27 AM

    Do you think the last nine years are a price worth paying if we win a cup? I don’t think so, I want a CL final, three cups and two leagues to erase the memories of the Ashley era!

  • 53 Jail for Ashley // May 21, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    Are all you Pardites watching him prance around in his shell suit on the telly or summit.

  • 54 bettyswallocks // May 21, 2016 at 11:29 AM

    Just heard some whisperings from a reliable source that Armstrong doesn’t fit into Rafa’ s plans for the future and is likely to be moved on whilst his stock is fairly high.
    Apparently Mowbray has intimated that he won’t be robust enough to play in the PL as a central striker and playing in a wider position doesn’t suit him. It appears that Rafa doesn’t fancy him so I suppose we have to trust his judgement . I for one am disappointed as I thought this kid was going to be part of our future and I know Bobby will be gutted as he really rates him.

  • 55 Jail for Ashley // May 21, 2016 at 11:29 AM

    First time in my life that I don’t want the u derdog to win the FA cup.

  • 56 Jail for Ashley // May 21, 2016 at 11:30 AM

    I was going for ten in a row there.

  • 57 Jail for Ashley // May 21, 2016 at 11:30 AM

    Source. Name it !

  • 58 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 21, 2016 at 11:34 AM


    Where are you hearing this ? Armstrong is about the same height as Aguero , Montero, Shane Long and they seem to deal with the physical aspect no problem?

    Will be interesting to see how the young lad develops if Rafa doesn’t think he can make it then it will be pretty telling

  • 59 bettyswallocks // May 21, 2016 at 11:36 AM

    Jail…. Jamie Sterry’s father.

  • 60 hibbitt // May 21, 2016 at 11:38 AM

    Jail for Ashley /

    i am 66 so i would take a cup any cup
    it would be nice to come back up the A1 a winner for once in my lifetime

  • 61 Jib // May 21, 2016 at 11:42 AM

    “he won’t be robust enough to play in the PL as a central striker”
    No mention of height

  • 62 Jail for Ashley // May 21, 2016 at 11:42 AM

    At least you’ve seen us win something.
    Wow, that’s pretty reliable, what did he say about Rafa.

  • 63 Jail for Ashley // May 21, 2016 at 11:44 AM

    Is he a right back Sterry

  • 64 bettyswallocks // May 21, 2016 at 11:51 AM

    Jail…. Don’t know if I should be relaying all this but he didn’t say not to. There is a buzz throughout the whole club and it’s assumed Rafa is a done deal. He reckons Jamie has been told to keep working hard and he has a future at the club.

  • 65 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 21, 2016 at 11:55 AM


    Sorry Blog god !!

    Long isn’t exactly built and neither is Montero! A few seasons on the weights and Armstrong would have a similar height and be “Robust”

  • 66 Jail for Ashley // May 21, 2016 at 11:56 AM

    Iceland at the Euros?

  • 67 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 21, 2016 at 11:58 AM

    You just know Palace are going to win the cup today and then it will be open season on digs at the Toon again!!

    We need Rafa signed up pronto !!

  • 68 Jail for Ashley // May 21, 2016 at 11:58 AM

    Is bettyswallocks your real name?

  • 69 Laurent Robert 32 // May 21, 2016 at 12:02 PM

    Cheers for sharing that, Betty.

  • 70 Jail for Ashley // May 21, 2016 at 12:08 PM

    It will make a mockery of all those games he threw if he wins a cup today. I hope they get humped five nil.

  • 71 Munster Mag // May 21, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    Betty i have said before that i cant see a small player playing up top for rafa. Depends how he plays in the 3 but that may not suit him. I hope not rafa first mistake

  • 72 JAMSHA // May 21, 2016 at 12:17 PM

    ? panda panda where is our rafa panda

  • 73 bettyswallocks // May 21, 2016 at 12:17 PM

    Jail…… Only in the summer.

  • 74 bettyswallocks // May 21, 2016 at 12:23 PM

    Munster….. As I said it was only whisperings, but if Rafa has a vision that Arma
    doesn’t fit into then he must decide what he thinks is best.

    He might be thinking of playing with wingers and big strikers. Who knows at this stage.

  • 75 Jib // May 21, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    Is not bothered about playing young slightly-built players.
    When he took over from Mourinho at Inter – a hard act to follow by any standards – he took them within 3 months to 2nd in SerieA behind Lazio by playing a skinny 18 year year old Phillipe Coutinho as attacking mf and Wesley Snejder probably the teeniest striker in world footy.

  • 76 bettyswallocks // May 21, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    Jib…… From a previous thread. You point out quite rightly that Rafa likes to play with a large squad and a rotational system . As we’ve seen he’s not afraid to leave out the big names if they’re not performing which keeps them all on their toes. He was cricicised at Liverpool in the early days for this but it does seem his way.
    It’s a shame our rotational consultant isn’t around to help forward this discussion.

  • 77 Jail for Ashley // May 21, 2016 at 12:53 PM

    Does Rafa like to rotate his captains, we could see a return of yesper if he does.

  • 78 Essex Geordie Bill // May 21, 2016 at 12:57 PM

    just a couple of points from what has been said on the blog.

    I’d have been astonished if there wasn’t someone who knew CPR at Davide’s match, there’s a lot of older ex players who turn out in these games so I would have thought it was a prerequisite. It would have been a shame if he had survived such a traumatic event only to end up brain damaged.

    Barnes actually turned out to be a reasonable signing for us, Rush however was abysmal.

    I am shouting for CP today, underdogs always! I was even pleased when the unmentionables down the road won the cup. Also it’s always good to see ManU get beat in the domestics.

  • 79 toon kk // May 21, 2016 at 12:57 PM

    Get well soon Ginola.
    Relegation will be sweetened if Rafa stays, I will accept it if it means our club is being run propley.
    But promotion won’t be garenteed, the championship is a tough league full of very hard working teams, something we’ll have to adjust to.

  • 80 Tsunki // May 21, 2016 at 12:58 PM

    Shame we don’t see anything of Jesper these days. I always thought he was a good turn and I liked his spin on things. Pity he felt he had to do a 180 and leave. Still you never know he may come around.

  • 81 Jail for Ashley // May 21, 2016 at 1:02 PM

    He’s probably listening to his favourite Dead or alive song right now as we speak.

  • 82 Essex Geordie Bill // May 21, 2016 at 1:04 PM

    Poor little Arma. not even into pre-season and he is getting stick from some quarters. I’m tipping him to be our top scorer next season with twenty five + goals.

  • 83 Mister Tuff // May 21, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    Jail – earlier post re FA Cup.
    Normally I would have wanted Man U to lose but today want them to win.
    If Palace win it – the usual suspects will be on here giving it large about their man King Percy – plus tales of 5th place finish,Manager of the Month, King Percy for England etc etc.

  • 84 Jail for Ashley // May 21, 2016 at 1:10 PM

    Things just seemed to spiral out of control, he was gyrating a full circuit by the time he rolled over.

  • 85 Essex Geordie Bill // May 21, 2016 at 1:11 PM

    Tavernier could end up with a cup winners medal today!

  • 86 Jib // May 21, 2016 at 1:16 PM

    I always had Jesper figured for a lort plet on the blog.
    I feel events vindicated my opinion.

  • 87 bettyswallocks // May 21, 2016 at 1:17 PM

    Jail…….. I think we may have overdone him a bit. Apparently he felt like he was just going round in circles.

  • 88 Munster Mag // May 21, 2016 at 1:21 PM

    Jib, coutinho and arma is an invalid comparison. Totally different players and styles. If arma doesnt fit into the 3 in 4231 he wont suit rafa. He will go for a djibril cisse sort of player. Mitro may not make it either unless there is real mobility in the 3. His defensive work rate is also questionable for rafa

  • 89 Munster Mag // May 21, 2016 at 1:22 PM

    Jib is jesper gone for good. He was bleedin hard work

  • 90 bettyswallocks // May 21, 2016 at 1:25 PM

    Jib….. That’s not nice , he brought something different and his heart was in the right place. I hope he finds it within himself to do a u turn and rejoin the merry band.

  • 91 Jib // May 21, 2016 at 1:25 PM

    You missed my point
    I used Coutinho as an example of age and stature.
    If Rafa doesn’t play him it will not be a question of how robust he is.

  • 92 Jib // May 21, 2016 at 1:29 PM

    Arma that is

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