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


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 comments so far

  • shaun83

    May 21, 2016 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #1

    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!

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    May 21, 2016 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #2

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

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 21, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #3

    Ibiza

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

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 21, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #4

    How many 83’s are there?

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 21, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #5

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

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 21, 2016 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #6

    Jail

    There might be 83 of them :-O

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 21, 2016 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #7

    😮

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 21, 2016 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #8

    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.

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    May 21, 2016 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #9

    Championship team:-

    Manager: Rafael Benitez

    Formation: 4-2-3-1

    First Team:

    ___________Darlow
    Anita_Mbemba_Lascelles_Dummett
    _______Saivet_Colback
    Townsend_Armstrong_Aarons
    _________New ST

    Bench:

    Mitrovic?
    Shelvey?
    Perez?
    Sterry
    Mbabu
    New Cb
    Thauvin?

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  • geordieboy83

    May 21, 2016 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #10

    Jail

    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

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    May 21, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #11

    Jail

    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.

    #InRafaWeTrust

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  • Munster Mag

    May 21, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #12

    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” .

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 21, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #13

    gb83,
    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.

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  • STB

    May 21, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #14

    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.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 21, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #15

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

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 21, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #16

    Jail

    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.

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    May 21, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #17

    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.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 21, 2016 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #18

    YMFB

    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.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 21, 2016 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #19

    STB,
    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.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 21, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #20

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

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  • Jib

    May 21, 2016 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #21

    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.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 21, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #22

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

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  • cyprus

    May 21, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #23

    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.

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  • cyprus

    May 21, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #24

    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…

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 21, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #25

    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.

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  • cyprus

    May 21, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #26

    JIB,
    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.

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  • AncientC

    May 21, 2016 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #27

    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…

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  • martoon

    May 21, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #28

    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!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 21, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #29

    AncientC
    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.

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  • lochinvar

    May 21, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #30

    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 !

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 21, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #31

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

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  • Jib

    May 21, 2016 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #32

    Cyprus
    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.

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  • Lindisfarne

    May 21, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #33

    David Ginola – because he is worth it.

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  • stuart no9

    May 21, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #34

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

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  • Jib

    May 21, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #35

    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.

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  • magscar

    May 21, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #36

    Stuart

    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 🙂

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  • stuart no9

    May 21, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #37

    Ferencvarence ** can’t spell it hahahahaha

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 21, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #38

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

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  • shaun83

    May 21, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #39

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

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    May 21, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #40

    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.

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