Paris - Former French international star David Ginola was described as "awake
and improving" after undergoing a quadruple heart bypass on Friday,
Professor Gilles Dreyfus, who carried out the operation, told AFP.
was very lucky," Dreyfus said, on hearing that French pop star Matt
Pokora, a renowned amateur footballer himself, had performed a heart
massage on Ginola.
The 49-year-old ex-PSG and Newcastle star
suffered a seizure on Thursday while playing football before a celebrity
golf tournament in the afternoon heat at Mandelieu, west of Cannes in
southern France, and was airlifted to hospital in Monaco.
getting better. He's awake and conscious. He didn't have a heart attack.
He had a heart rhythm disorder," explained Dreyfus.
Ginola "had recovered completely and is expected to remain in hospital
for 10 days", adding the former player could "resume his activities in
The surgeon added that Ginola had been "very lucky" with the quick intervention of emergency services.
"After a scan it was decided to operate urgently and have an emergency quadruple bypass."
A tweet on Ginola's Twitter account on Friday moved to reassure his fans.
world, never slept better. I'm fine, just need to rest a bit. Thank you
so much all of you for your magnificent support," he wrote.
fell ill and was taken to Monaco's Princess Grace Hospital, where his
condition was initially described as "unconscious but stable".
The former player blamed playing football in the afternoon heat.
match in the midday sun, not very clever. Now having some tests done.
Who ever voted for a World Cup in Qatar in the summer?" Ginola tweeted
news prompted an outpouring of support on social media, with a post on
Newcastle's official Twitter account reading "Get well soon".
leaving France for England in 1995 and spending two years in the
northeast, Ginola played at Tottenham for three seasons where he was
voted PFA Player of the Year and Footballer of the Year in 1999.
He then turned out for Aston Villa and Everton briefly before retiring in 2002.
also played 17 times for his country between 1990 and 1995, but his
international career was overshadowed by a 2-1 defeat to Bulgaria which
saw France fail to reach the 1994 World Cup, with Ginola singled out for
criticism by then-coach Gerard Houllier.
Since his playing days,
Ginola has turned his hand to presenting and working as a television
pundit in both England and his native France.
He is due to work as a television pundit for the Euro 2016 championships in France.