The talkSPORT host suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch during a charity game in 2016
David Ginola believes he has been given a ‘second chance’ and admitted he wonders why he survived a huge heart attack in 2016.
The former Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United attacker was playing a charity game in 2016 in France when, after scoring a goal, he collapsed face first onto the turf.
He swallowed his tongue and had stopped breathing, leaving him clinically dead until paramedics arrived with a defibrillator. Surgeons needed to perform a quadruple bypass to save his life.
Were it not for the care and attention he received from his friends and speedy paramedics, the 51-year-old could have died.
In order to help save lives and educate people, the former France international wants to spread the importance of learning CPR.
The former Spurs winger poses with officials during a demonstration of life-saving techniques for the launch of a campaign to spread awarenessWhen asked how he felt two years on from his own experience, Ginola told Sky Sports: “Completely fine? No. After that, the main thing that stays in your mind, psychologically, is why you are still there.
“Surgeon saying ‘well, nine people out of ten will come out of the hospital dead’, so why are you still there. Why does life give you a second chance? All of those questions are massive every day.
“You find yourself in a position where you try to understand why you are still there. Maybe you are on a mission to make people understand the importance of how to perform CPR.
“Many few people know how to do it. If you ask 100 people, maybe 10, 20 will know how to do it.
“We need to improve that. We need to inform people. It could save hundreds, thousands, millions of lives.”
Despite admitting to socially drinking and enjoying a few cigarettes, Ginola was relatively healthy when the incident took place. Such was the magnitude of the attack, the once flying winger was technically dead for eight minutes.
“My heart stopped for eight minutes at least. There was no pulse. I was dead. Then the air ambulance arrived and they hooked me up to a defibrillator.
“They sent three electric shocks to my chest and when the third didn’t work they started to lose hope.
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“But my friends told them, ‘Do not give up, David is fighting hard.’ Somehow they could see that my body was fighting to stay alive.
“After the fourth my heart started again. The ambulance worker turned to my friends and said, ‘I have a pulse.’ Everyone started cheering and crying.”