Ex- Newcastle United and Tottenham midfielder David Ginola has revealed how CPR saved his life after he was ‘clinically dead’ for eight minutes following a cardiac arrest.
The Frenchman, 51, collapsed at a charity game in May 2016 but doctors were able to resuscitate him after CPR kept his brain functioning.
Ginola was speaking on ITV’s This Morning, just two weeks after former England manager Glenn Hoddle collapsed during a live BT Sport broadcast.
Speaking of his own experience, Ginola said: "I just collapsed, it was a very frightening situation.
"There were no warnings, no alarms, I just collapsed."
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Ginola had stopped breathing completely and had even swallowed his tongue. It took the use of a defibrillator to revive him.
Earlier that year, ex-Spurs coach Ugo Ehiogu suddenly died following a heart attack which happened at the club’s training ground. Marc Vivian-Foe, formerly of Manchester City and West Ham , also passed away on the pitch while playing in the Confederations Cup in 2003.
"Someone on the football pitch – thank god for that – was able to perform CPR," Ginola added.
"There were 15 people there, but only one or two were able to perform CPR.
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"This is when I realised there’s something wrong, that out of 15 people, only two were able to do something. What they did actually saved my life."
Hoddle, meanwhile, was lucky that BT sound engineer Simon Daniels was on hand and knew how to give CPR, which ultimately saved his life.
Daniels, who is a volutneer special constable, told The Mirror how his “natural instinct” kicked in and this helped him to save Hoddle’s life.
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