Denmark footballer Christian Eriksen's cardiac arrest during his side's Euro 2020 match against Finland on Saturday shows why more publicly-available defibrillators are needed, according to Senedd member Alun Davies.

Eriksen collapsed and needed to be resuscitated on the pitch before being rushed to hospital, where he is now recovering.

Blaenau Gwent MS Davies, who himself suffered a cardiac arrest last spring, told the Senedd he found the scenes in Copenhagen, which were broadcast live on television, "particularly distressing".

"Certainly my memory of what happened to me was very similar to what happened to Christian Eriksen, and I think our hearts go out to him in what he has experienced, and his family, and we would all wish him a very good recovery," Welsh Labour's Davies said, calling on the government to "ensure that we do have legislation to ensure there are defibrillators available across the whole of Wales".

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"[Eriksen's] life was saved, and other lives were saved, and my life was saved by passers by and people who had both the equipment and the skills required to save those lives," Davies told MSs. "It doesn’t happen by accident, and government can make that happen. Government has a power to do that."


Davies said his own life had been saved because someone knew how to do CPR. He said the Senedd had "moved in a direction" of improving CPR training "but there are still not sufficient defibrillators".

He added: "I know there are many charities and many people working extraordinary hard on this, but unless there is a statutory framework ensuring there are defibrillators in every one of our communities – defibrillators that work and are maintained and where there is public access to them – there will still be too many lives lost that could have been saved."

Eriksen posted an image on Tuesday morning from his hospital bed, giving a thumbs-up.

“Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world. It means a lot to me and my family,” he wrote on Instagram.

“I’m fine – under the circumstances. I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel okay."

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