Prince Joachim and Princess Marie of Denmark first spoke about his life-threatening stroke last summer.
Joachim, 51, was on holiday with his family in France when he suddenly developed a blood clot and had to be rushed to Toulouse University Hospital to undergo emergency surgery.
Joachim, who lives in Paris with Marie, 45, spent the rest of the summer recuperating at the summer residence of the Danish royals, Chateau de Cayx in Cahors in southern France before returning to Paris to find a new job. start as Defense Attaché at the Danish Embassy in September.
Eight months later, the Danish prince and his wife talked about the ordeal in an interview with Hjernesagen‘s member magazine, in which Marie admitted that the stroke could have “ changed their lives. ”
Prince Joachim, 51, and Princess Marie of Denmark, 45, have shared their thoughts on the blood clot he contracted in July that forced him to undergo brain surgery in France (now in photo)
“It was so close to a tragedy that could have changed our lives forever,” she said.
The father of four revealed that he could count on his wife’s “ amazing ” support throughout the ordeal, adding that she kept his hand in the ambulance all the way to the hospital.
He added that Marie went into “ soldier mode ” after noticing signs that her husband might be having a stroke.
Marie was surprised by a nonsensical phrase Joachim told a cousin who had come to see them that night and forced him to repeat himself.
Joachim, a father of four, said the ordeal had been difficult for him and his family, and Marie added that they were getting close to a tragedy that would have changed their lives (pictured during the interview)
At the same time, she noticed her husband’s face was paralyzed and understood that he was having a stroke.
Rather than panic, she called an ambulance and walked in, never leaving his bed until he was fully recovered.
“We are grateful to be together today,” she said.
Joachim said it would have been difficult not to think about what could have happened if he had not had surgery on time, and said that while the situation was difficult for the affected person, it also took a toll on their loved ones.
Hjernesagen is a private Danish charity for people who have suffered brain injuries such as aneurysms and strokes.
The Danish Royal Court published the interview on his official Instagram account.
“In a new interview with the member magazine of Hjernesagen, Your Royal Highnesses Prince Joachim and Princess Marie talk about the serious course when the prince was hit by a blood clot in the brain on the evening of 24 July last year,” the post said.
With their participation in the interview, the Prince and Princess wanted to emphasize two important points in particular: that you should always take the signs of a stroke seriously and respond immediately – and that you should not forget the next of kin of the victim …
Due to corona restrictions, the interview was conducted on a video link between Copenhagen and Paris, where the prince and princess spoke to the Danish embassy’s Brain Case. The interview was published today in the member magazine of Hjernesagen.
They accompanied the post with a photo of a radiant Joachim and Marie hugging each other.
In July, Queen Margrethe’s 51-year-old son, sixth in line to the throne, was rushed to the University Hospital of Toulouse, France, for immediate surgery.
Just two days earlier, Prince Joachim celebrated the 18th birthday of his second son in the summer residence of the Danish royal family, Chateau de Cayx in Cahors in southern France. Depicted, the prince with his family on the lucky occasion
Just two days earlier, Prince Joachim celebrated the 18th birthday of his second son in the summer residence of the Danish royal family, Chateau de Cayx in Cahors, southern France.
Joachim had marked the event along with the teenager’s mother and ex-wife, Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg.
The parents were joined by their eldest son, Prince Nikolai, 20, and Joachim’s current wife, Princess Marie, and their two children, Prince Henrik, 11, and Princess Athena, eight.
Prince Joachim of Denmark and his ex-wife, Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg divorced in 2004 after 10 years together – they were Denmark’s first royal split in nearly 160 years.
In July, Queen Margrethe’s 51-year-old son, sixth in line to the throne, was rushed to the University Hospital of Toulouse (above) in France, where he underwent immediate surgery.
The Prince, who is the second son of Margrethe and Prince Consort Henrik, is sixth in line to the throne after his older brother Crown Prince Frederik and his four children with Australian-born Crown Princess Mary.
He has since remarried to Paris-born Marie Cavallier, now Princess Marie, and the couple have two children together, Prince Henrik, 11, and Princess Athena, eight.
In a statement at the time, the palace said: ‘His Royal Highness Prince Joachim was admitted to the University Hospital of Toulouse, France late last night.
The prince was operated on immediately afterwards for a blood clot in the brain, and the operation was successful. The condition of His Royal Highness is stable today. ‘
The statement continued: “The Royal Household has no further information at this time, but Her Majesty the Queen wishes that the public respect the privacy of the family during hospitalization.”
In late September, Joachim, who had returned to Paris after recovering all summer from the operation, took up a new job as a defense attaché at the Danish Embassy in France.
When Joachim spoke to reporters back on his first day, he said it was ‘fine’ and shared how he had a ‘no summer’ due to the health issues he suffered in late July – before recovering for most of August .
Joachim was scheduled to start his new job on September 1, but this was postponed due to his condition.