Christian Eriksen has said that it feels like a miracle to be able to resume his career with Brentford after collapsing while playing for Denmark at Euro 2020 last summer.
The 29-year-old has been fitted with an implanted cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), a type of pacemaker, after suffering cardiac arrest.
He has joined the Bees on a six-month deal after his release by Inter Milan.
“The first thing is to show the gratitude,” Eriksen told BBC Sport.
“To the people around me, the team-mates, the doctors first on the pitch, the team doctors and paramedics and then at the hospital, to do everything and check everything.
“Then all the messages from people to show support for me and what my family has been through. It has been really lovely to see all the grateful messages.
“I am very lucky and I have told them face to face, I am very happy they did what they did otherwise I would not be here.”
He added: “For me, it was unlucky in a lucky place. I wouldn’t hope for anyone to get it, I never thought I would get it myself when it happened but in the place it happened I was lucky with the people around me acting so quickly. I was really grateful the doctors were in that place.
“It was lucky I had all the possibilities around me. They had all the possibilities to get me back as quickly as they did and I am 100% grateful for that.”
Eriksen says he feels in better condition now than before the incident, will do everything he can to reach his former playing level and does not fear the challenges ahead.
“I won’t change my style of play,” added Eriksen. “I have had the time to be disciplined for the last six months to do extras, so even now maybe I am in a better condition than before, just the football missing.
“I feel like I so don’t see a reason why I can’t get back to the same level.”