David Ginola needed quadruple bypass surgery after collapsing on Thursday afternoon, an operation which began late on Thursday night and continued into the early hours of Friday morning.
Now L’Equipe are reporting that the former Newcastle star is doing well but is set to remain in hospital for the rest of this week.
They carry quotes from Jean-Stephan Camerini, the golf tournament organiser of the event in which David Ginola was due to take part in last week before he fell ill.
“I saw him (David Ginola) on Sunday and he has regained his faculties. I had the pleasure of seeing him smiling.
“He is fine, or at least as fine as someone who has undergone an operation of more than four hours.”
In the immediate aftermath of the emergency operation, surgeon Professor Gilles Dreyfus said to Nice-Matin:
“He (David Ginola) was unconscious and remembers nothing, but he is good, I was able to speak with him.
“He has no neurological sequelae (damaged neurons).
“He did not have any infarction (tissue death caused by lack of oxygen) but he did have very complicated coronary lesions which forced us to perform a quadruple bypass.”
Later on the Friday when speaking to the BBC, Dreyfus added
“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 (Friday) morning he woke up perfectly normally with no neurological damage and is now recovering from a bypass like anyone 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.”
With regards to the ‘Luckier you can’t be’, Professor Dreyfus was referring to the fact that the emergency services reached David Ginola in only 15 minutes and in the meantime, Olivier Girault (former handball player) and Matt Pokora (a French singer/songwriter) acted instantly to prevent the former Newcastle player from swallowing his own tongue and then administered the cardiac massage when Ginola’s pulse wasn’t there.
Once again, our best wishes to David Ginola on a full and speedy recovery.