Danish footballer, who collapsed on pitch on Saturday, speaks for first time

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Wessam Abou Ali, the 22-year-old Danish footballer that collapsed on the pitch on Saturday, has finally woken.

Ali collapsed playing for Danish second-division side Vendyssel FF against Lyngby and was rushed to the hospital.

He has now recovered enough to appreciate his well-wishers.

Taking to Instagram on Sunday, Ali wrote, “HUGE THANK YOU.

“Thank you to all of you who have taken the time to call, write etc.

“Thank you for all the thoughts, prayers, and warmth you have sent. It has been absolutely amazing to wake up to so much support, support and love.

“The whole thing is just is big shock and very surreal right now.

“Despite all this, I’m okay under the circumstances. I am recovering, and in good hands.

“Now a long tough move awaits in the battle to get back to 100 per cent. I look forward to coming back even stronger, hopefully without too long a wait.

“THANK YOU first and foremost to all the players from both Vendsyssel and Lyngby, who reacted quickly and set in motion the great help to me.

“Equally big thanks must go to all the doctors and staff on the pitch, who with urgent notice were ready to help me, and bring me into a stable condition.

“I am all of you INCREDIBLY grateful, it is something I really appreciate, both the doctors and ALL involved.

“Thanks to the ambulance people, doctors and everyone who has now made me recover, and made this whole horrible experience a whole lot easier.

“To everyone who was at the stadium, I just want to express my greatest respect for carrying myself through this with the greatest support – Thank you so much for that.

“I’m in good hands. So you do not have to shy away from looking at my face yet.

“Remember to love those who are around you, and even more enjoy yourself and be thankful for everything we have.

“THANK YOU – LOVE TO EVERYONE.”

Recall that a fellow Dane, Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch in his country’s opening game against Finland at Euro 2020.

He was rushed to the hospital for treatment and thereafter fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD).

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