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.
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.