The Newcastle United Blog

News and Commentary On Newcastle United By Ed Harrison, A Proud Exiled Geordie And Lifelong Fan

The Newcastle United Blog header image 2
Howay The Lads!!



He’s A Lucky Man – Now On His Way To A Complete Recovery

4:51 pm, Monday, May 30th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 7 Comments

Back on May 20th David Ginola was a man close to death – and there was some confusion about his condition as he had collapsed during a charity football game in the south of France.

The great news today is that David Ginola is back home again and on his way to a full recovery.

david ginola

David Ginola

The former Newcastle winger has sent out this tweet thanking everybody.


There was news that he has a heart attack and then that he hadn’t but two days later his surgeon Gilles Dreyfus, Professor of Cardiac Surgery at the Monaco Heart Center cleared things up and said what really did happen – and David is lucky to be alive 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.”

As we said David is a lucky man – and glad to be alive – and so appreciative of those that offered their love and affection when it really mattered.



Tags: Medical · Newcastle News · Other News · Prayer




7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 bettyswallocks // May 30, 2016 at 5:00 PM

    Welsh…. The African elephant has bigger lugs.

  • 2 welshgeordie9 // May 30, 2016 at 5:02 PM

    Well done Betty, go to the top of the class.

    Unless you have been cheating

    Tut tut tut

  • 3 Mister Tuff // May 30, 2016 at 5:03 PM

    Welsh – already answered – come on post your elephant joke.

  • 4 welshgeordie9 // May 30, 2016 at 5:04 PM

    Thats very good news about Ginola, one of our best players of all time, real entertainer.

  • 5 welshgeordie9 // May 30, 2016 at 5:06 PM

    Mister Tuff

    That wasn’t a joke, Betty said the right answer, you on the other took forever answering a simple question.

  • 6 Mister Tuff // May 30, 2016 at 5:07 PM

    Welsh how did you get on with my bird questions?

  • 7 welshgeordie9 // May 30, 2016 at 5:07 PM

    Laters everyone for more general knowledge questions.




previous post: Steve Bruce Bemoans The Glass Ceiling

next post: Newcastle Star Not Sure Where It All Went Wrong