Ashley Preece suffered a similar collapse as Denmark midfielder Eriksen (Image: AFP via Getty Images)

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A former warehouse worker has spoken about his own collapse after Danish player Christian Ereksen collapsed in the middle of a game.

The front-facing fall on to the turf plunged Ashley Preece took him back almost a decade ago when he fell at work, reports the Birmingham Mail.

He said: "Eriksen's horrific stagger and fall was exactly what happened to me on the morning of my shift at the WH Smith distribution centre

"Watching those horrific scenes in Copenhagen on Saturday made my body run cold."

That moment on July 27, 2011. changed Ashley's life forever but like Erikson and Bolton and Birmingham City hero Fabice Muamba, he survived.

Below Ashley, now a football writer at the Birmingham Mail, shares his story.

Ashley Preece had a continuous fuzzy feeling before collapsing at work
(Image: BirminghamMail WS)

One. Two. Three. Blackout. Bang. You're gone.

That harrowing moment of Christian Eriksen collapsing front-facing on the turf plunged me back in time to almost a decade ago to July 27, 2011.

Eriksen's horrific stagger and fall was exactly what happened to me on the morning of my shift at the WH Smith distribution centre in Deykin Avenue, Aston.

Watching those horrific scenes in Copenhagen on Saturday made my body run cold. It shook me to the core and, as I watched on in complete numbness from home, it was almost as if I felt it happen to me again, as if I was watching myself in the HH aisle as I picked stock ten years ago.

Christian Eriksen of Denmark looks on during the UEFA Euro 2020 where he later collapsed
(Image: UEFA via Getty Images)

That moment changed my life forever but, thankfully, just like Eriksen – and Bolton and Birmingham City hero Fabrice Muamba – we're the lucky ones to have survived.

I was a fit and well 20-year-old at the time my heart – and body – completely shutdown. I used to cycle ten miles to the warehouse every day and played football at least twice a week yet, on that summer morning in 2011, I was close – so close – to not being here today.

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In fact, I was dead for the matter of minutes as warehouse colleagues scrambled around me before I suddenly came back to life. Later that day, doctors told me I would have probably died had I been playing football or, on the contrary, been asleep because my heart rate would have been either too high or too low for me to come back from. At work it was settled before my heart jolted back into life.

I had a continuous fuzzy feeling prior to collapsing and I'm so intrigued to know if Danish star Eriksen felt the same way before falling to the floor at the Parken in Copenhagen. Confused and in a daze, I felt myself going before… bang, complete blackout. I was gone.

Denmark players midfielder Christian Eriksen before medics arrived on the pitch
(Image: AFP via Getty Images)

After coming around and a sugary cup of tea later to help give me energy, I was suddenly in the cardiology ward at Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield hooked up to a load of wires with about six, seven or eight-or-so doctors and nurses around me. My parents and girlfriend were both a wreck and I didn't know what the hell was going on.

I'll always remember the brilliant Trevor, the cardiac nurse who made me feel so at ease despite what was a real panic. Tests would later show that I had an arrhythmic heartbeat.

The diagnosis is known as Type 1 typical flutter or, more simply, heart block which meant my heart would miss a beat which, in turn, would stop the blood from carrying oxygen around my body, hence me collapsing just like Eriksen did against Finland, although we're yet to hear what caused the ex-Spurs man becoming unconscious.

I went for tests in London not long after with my condition still declared as a freak incident to this day with no reason for my heart to stop.

However, that very same day I died momentarily it was the heroic Dr Shamil Yusuf who helped save my life along with colleagues at the warehouse in Aston while Trevor and his staff played a vital role after I was wheeled in at Good Hope.

Dr Yusuf would fit my Jaffa Cake-sized pacemaker which keeps me going to this day. He wired me back up with his delicate touch and did it via the tiniest of cameras as he inserted my dual chamber, battery-powered permanent pacemaker.

I was a trainee news reporter at the Tamworth Herald by the time he penned my discharge letter in 2014, and he said: "It is absolutely fantastic news to see his name alongside an article published in the Tamworth Herald. I am impressed. This young man is getting there slowly but surely."

I haven't seen Dr Yusuf since but I hope he or one of his colleagues reads this one day because he's the reason I've had an extra ten years on this planet while, 18 months ago, I also became a dad for the first time.

I'm also in my dream job covering Aston Villa while Dr Yusuf made it possible for me to continue to play football, something I was so desperate to do after having my pacemaker fitted aged just 20.

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I just hope Eriksen, 29, is now back on the road to recovery and he too can continue his life with his wife and two children. At the time of writing, the Inter Milan midfielder is stable in hospital surrounded by the best people possible.

I was fortunate to get back out onto a football pitch and here's hoping Eriksen can too but, let's face it, that's not important. The fact that he's still here and with his family is.

As we've all learned since those shocking scenes in Copenhagen, life's just oh so precious and we should cherish every moment.

Every week in the UK at least 12 young people die of undiagnosed heart conditions. Since its formation in 1995, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) has been working to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death. More details and information to support CRY HERE.