Premier League legend David Ginola has praised children learning CPR after it “made oxygen get to his brain and saved his life” when he was “clinically dead” for eight minutes.
Former Newcastle United forward Ginola made the comments referring to a charity match in France in May of 2016 when he suffered a serious heart attack that left him “clinically dead” for eight minutes.
Guinea Bissau international Frederic Mendy, 31, performed CPR on Ginola until he was able to receive proper medical care by emergency medical staff.
When speaking about the incident, Ginola praised schools for teaching the lifesaving procedure saying: “I am very happy to see kids are taught cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) which can save someone’s life.
“When I collapsed, of the approximately 15 people on the pitch, only one or two people knew how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
“I was very lucky that those around me knew how to perform the cardiopulmonary resuscitation.”
The former Tottenham Hotspur star went on to say: “When I collapsed it was CPR that made the oxygen get to my brain and saved my life.
“The heart surgeon that operated on me in the hospital told me that without that, I would not have survived.”
Ginola was treated at a hospital in Monaco after he was transported there by air ambulance where he received a quadruple bypass.
He played in the Premier League between the years 1995 and 2002 playing in clubs such as Aston Villa and Everton, where he retired in May of 2002 after his contract expired.
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