Denmark captain Kjaer and team medics honored with President’s Award for saving Christian Eriksen’s life after he suffered cardiac arrest at Euro 2020

This year’s Uefa President’s Award goes to Denmark captain Simon Kjaer and the medical staff for saving Christian Eriksen’s life.

Eriksen, 29, went into cardiac arrest during Denmark’s Euro 2020 loss to Finland in Copenhagen on June 12, and Kjaer and the stadium’s medical team resuscitated him on the pitch.

The AC Milan defender, 32, placed Eriksen in the recovery position and began CPR before leading the Danish teammates in creating a ring around him and comforting Eriksen’s partner while he received medical assistance.

Denmark captain Kjaer and team medics honored with President

“It’s something that will stay with us for the rest of our lives,” said Kjaer.

“The team reacted as a unit…as a team, we made the maximum effort to stick together and try to get through that situation and be as helpful as possible.

“I try to lead the team on and off the pitch, in every aspect of life, as footballers, when we’re together. I think it’s one of the biggest privileges I have in my career.

Denmark captain Kjaer and team medics honored with President

“I’ve known Christian for many years. He has a great family, he has a lot of friends, a lot of team-mates that want the best for him. As long as he’s happy and his family is good, I’m happy.”

The medical team responded quickly and resuscitated Eriksen with CPR and a defibrillator before he was stretchered off and taken to hospital.

“We rushed to the field to help [Christian] and to do our job,” said Mogens Kreutzfeldt, chief medical officer for Euro 2020 in Copenhagen.

“We did what we should, what we were taught, what we were trained to do.

“Everybody knew their role, everybody knew what to do. We were not emotional at the scene. Afterwards, we were, of course, like everybody. We’re very happy and proud of the outcome.”

“This year, the President’s Award transcends football,” said Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin.

“It serves as an important and eternal reminder of just how precious life is and puts everything in our lives into the clearest perspective.

“I would also like to send my very best wishes to Christian Eriksen and his family as he continues his recovery.”

Recipients of the 2021 Uefa President’s Award:

On-site medical team

Mogens Kreutzfeldt (chief medical officer)

Frederik Flensted (stadium medical manager)

Anders Boesen (pitchside emergency doctor)

Peder Ersgaard (paramedic)

Uefa Venue medical officers

Jens Kleinefeld

Valentin Velikov

Danish national medical team

Morten Skjoldager (physio accompanying the team doctor)

Morten Boesen (team doctor)

Simon Kjaer (Denmark national team captain)

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