David Ginola has been reflecting on the incredible luck he carried in avoiding more serious repercussions after he collapsed last month.
Ginola says that he ‘must have a lucky star, that must be my mother watching over me’.
The former Newcastle star says that he has been told that 90% of people who live through what happened to him, end up in a vegetative state.
Despite appearing to have made a full recovery after the quadruple bypass surgery, David Ginola says that it has still been difficult to deal with ‘psychologically’.
The now retired player says that once the Euros are out of the way in his home country, he will try and seek out the may people who played a part in his survival and recovery.
“It has been difficult to handle afterwards, psychologically.
“I am still here while the clinic told me that nine out of 10 people who survive after what happened are in a vegetative state – usually when somebody goes through something like that, they end up in a rest home.
“After the Euros I will find those people who saved me: my friends in sport, the firefighters, and the surgical team.
“I must have a lucky star, that must be my mother watching over me.”
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.”
Then later 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.