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David Ginola: 'My heart stopped for nine minutes'

David Ginola described today how his heart stopped for nine minutes after suffering a 'sudden death' cardiac arrest last year.

The former footballer was given CPR on the pitch during a charity football match in the south of France.

His heart completely stopped and one of his teammates performed CPR until paramedics arrived.

They put me on my back I started to swallow my tongue. They couldn't open my jaw. They called the ambulance and they said don't concentrate on the tongue, concentrate on the heart and statr to perform CPR.

That's what they did for nine minutes until the ambulance arrived. This is when they used a defibrillator and they shocked me five times.

– David Ginola

The former Tottenham winger is part of a campaign to raise awareness of what to do if somebody goes into cardiac arrest.

More than 150,000 young people are being taught CPR as part of 'Restart a Heart Day'. It's the largest event of its kind in the world and the training could be the difference between saving a life and death.