Jente Van Genechten suffers cardiac arrest on pitch



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Jente Van Genechten suffers cardiac arrest on pitch

Belgian football player Jente Van Genechten suffered a cardiac arrest after briefly losing consciousness during a game with his new team Lanaken. "Fortunately, my heart recovered quickly," said the young player to Het Belang van Limburg.

“It's like waking up. For a while I even thought about continuing to play, but everyone advised me against it. " After an examination, the doctors decided to implant a defibrillator in Van Genechten's heart.

“It always seems like an eternity, but it's not a bad thing. I feel good right now, although it amazes the nurses who constantly check my heart. " Van Genechten said it was the first time that his heart really stopped beating.

“This is the first time that my heart has really stopped beating. I do not understand why. Last week I took part in a quarterfinal triathlon for the first time in my life. And the match itself only lasted about ten minutes, so the effort was really minimal," Van Genechten said.

Van Genechten put his health at No. 1

Van Genechten said not being able to continue playing sports would be a big blow for him. “My health is essential, of course, but not being able to practice competitive sport any longer would be a big blow," Van Genechten added.

Van Genechten's situation resembled the one of Christian Eriksen. Denmnark's Eriksen collapsed on the pitch but he woke up in the hospital and was able to make it. “We spoke this morning [Sunday]. He was making jokes, he was in a good mood, I thought he was well,” Eriksen's agent Martin Schoots said the following day.

“We all want to understand what happened to him, and he does too: the doctors are making some in-depth tests, but we’ll need some time. “He was happy, because he understood how much love he has around him.

He received messages from the whole world. And he was particularly struck by those in the Inter environment: not just his team-mates who spoke to him in their private chat, but also the fans. “Christian won’t give up.

Him, and his family, want to make sure that everybody receives their thanks. Half the world contacted us, everyone was worried. Now he only needs to rest, his wife and parents are with him. “Even tomorrow [Monday], he will remain under observation, maybe Tuesday as well. But in any case he wants to support his team-mates against Belgium”.