Ginola has quadruple heart bypass

20 May

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Former France winger David Ginola is recovering in hospital in Monaco after a quadruple heart bypass operation.

The 49-year-old former Newcastle, Tottenham, Aston Villa and Everton player, who retired in 2002, collapsed in the south of France on Thursday.

His surgeon, speaking with authority of the family, told BBC Sport Ginola was “extremely lucky” to be alive.

A tweet from Ginola’s account on Friday read: “Hello world, never slept better. I’m fine, just need to rest a bit.”

What happened?

“David played a sort of charity football match. All of a sudden he collapsed and people thought it was a joke but after one or two minutes they realised it was serious,” said Gilles Dreyfus, professor of cardiac surgery at the Monaco Heart Centre.

“Fortunately there was one person who had been trained in CPR, because otherwise he would have been brain dead. They then called the emergency services, who arrived eight minutes later with him in cardiac arrest.

“I was speaking to the captain and he was telling me the girl who was in the ambulance only knew where the football field, which isn’t an official one but a private one, was because she had seen it that morning and asked somebody what it was.

“If she hadn’t then most likely she would not have found it within the timeframe to save him.

“They arrived with him in cardiac arrest, he was shocked four times on site, they were able to restore a normal heart rhythm and within 10 minutes a helicopter arrived to transfer him to Monaco Heart Centre.

“I made the decision to transfer him to the operating theatre and he immediately underwent a quadruple heart bypass, which was very straightforward although difficult.

“This morning he woke up perfectly normally with no neurological damage and is now recovering from a bypass like anybody would normally do.

“It was a sequence of events that at every stage went absolutely fine, that is why he is here today. Luckier you can’t be. It’s an unbelievable story.”

David Ginola tweet<!–

A tweet from Ginola’s account was sent on Friday but it is unclear whether the Former France winger posted it himself

Ginola’s life in football

Ginola, who won 17 caps for France, retired in May 2002 and has gone on to become a pundit with the BBC, BT Sport, Canal Plus and CNN.

He began his football career in England in 1995, when Newcastle signed him from Paris St-Germain for £2.5m.

A fans’ favourite at St James’ Park, he joined Tottenham in 1997, winning the 1999 League Cup with the Londoners.

That same season, he was named the PFA players’ player of the year and the Football Writers’ Association’s footballer of the year.

Ginola began his career in England with Newcastle, who paid &pound;2.5m for him in 1995<!–

Ginola began his career in England with Newcastle, who paid £2.5m for him in 1995
He signed for Spurs in 1997, becoming the PFA Players' Player of the Year in 1999<!–

He signed for Spurs in 1997, becoming the PFA Players’ Player of the Year in 1999
Aston Villa became his third English club in 2000, before moving to Everton, where he retired in 2002<!–

Aston Villa became his third English club in 2000, before moving to Everton, where he retired in 2002
Ginola was part of the BBC's coverage of the 1998 World Cup in France<!–

Ginola was part of the BBC’s coverage of the 1998 World Cup in France
Ginola has been working as a football commentator<!–

Ginola has been working as a football commentator
Ginola and wife Coraline<!–

Ginola and wife Coraline

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