Former Newcastle star David Ginola has given a very positive update on his condition.
On Monday afternoon, Ginola has revealed that 11 days after collapsing and undergoing quadruple heart bypass surgery, he has at last been allowed home.
David Ginola says has also thanked everybody who wished him well and says that are really helping his recovery.
“Home at last!
“Thanks so much to all of you for your incredible messages of love and affection!
“They do help my recovery.”
Six days ago L’Equipe carried 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 (22nd May) 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 continuing with a full and speedy recovery.