Muamba is 'critically ill'

2012-03-18 12:50

London - Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba was still in a "critical condition" in intensive care on Sunday after suffering a cardiac arrest, a joint statement issued by the club and the London Chest Hospital said.

"As is normal medical practice, Fabrice remains anaesthetised in intensive care and will be for at least 24 hours," the statement added. "His condition continues to be closely monitored by the cardiac specialists at the hospital."

The 23-year-old Kinshasa-born player was rushed to hospital after harrowing scenes towards the end of the first half of an FA Cup quarter-final against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Saturday, when the midfielder slumped to the turf with no player near him.

Sunday's statement confirmed Muamba had suffered a cardiac arrest but added his heart had "eventually" started working.

"He was admitted to the hospital yesterday (Saturday) evening after collapsing at White Hart Lane, where he sustained a cardiac arrest during the FA Cup quarter-final against Tottenham Hotspur," the statement said.

"Fabrice received prolonged resuscitation at the ground and on route to the London Chest Hospital, where his heart eventually started working."

Bolton manager Owen Coyle added: "Fabrice's family have asked me to pass on their thanks for the many, many kind messages of support from not only Bolton fans but also fans from clubs across the country and abroad.

"All our thoughts and prayers are for Fabrice and his family at this time. The family would also like to thank the media for respecting their privacy at this time."

Sunday's statement was issued shortly after 11:00 local time (11:00GMT) and it concluded by saying "no further updates are planned at this time".


  • Bobo - 2012-03-18 13:20

    Get well fellow compatriot!

      Gunner - 2012-03-19 07:16

      get well soon Fabrice

  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-03-18 13:31

    Can someone explain how this happens to fit, athletic people? I thought that's the whole point to being healthy, avoiding these things. I hope he gets well soon, he's in my Fantasy League squard:)

      Jason - 2012-03-18 13:49

      Until the final doctors report you cant say, but perhaps he has an underlying heart condition that nobody picked up. Hope he gets well soon, so young!

      bradleybrits - 2012-03-18 13:57

      The classic thing that can cause this is HOCM, which leads to the death of many young fit athletes. Also there could be genetic anatomical problems with his coronaries or conduction system.. hard to say.. would need to see some blood results, ecg, angiogram and possibly mri if they're going all out which I'm sure they could on his budget.. I'm sure they'll know today what contributed to his arrest..

      bradleybrits - 2012-03-18 14:00

      According to bbc he is more stable now.. the only thing is that he needed prolonged cpr which could've compromised his cerebral circulation enough to make him high risk to be left with permanent function loss but we'll have to wait for him to wake up to see exactly how much damage to the brain has occurred (hopefully none)..

      Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-03-18 16:16

      Thank u all for ur input.

  • Jaba - 2012-03-18 13:56

    too young for this! so sad. get well soon

  • Eldridge Wesley Stoffels - 2012-03-18 14:00

    hope u get well soon mate!

  • ooohsledge - 2012-03-18 14:13

    get well man...

  • Mandu Ngcobo - 2012-03-18 14:15

    It's good to know he's hanging in there. I hope he makes a full recovery.

      Lunga - 2012-03-18 15:04

      He will make a full recovery, and he will be back on the pitch soon. The likes of Nwankwo Kanu and Andile Jali have had similar problems, and they returned to the pitch. He will be back.

  • Andrew - 2012-03-18 14:27

    A horrible thing to see happening to such a promising star!! I pray that he recovers well enough to fulfil his potential ...such talent!!

  • tlegodu - 2012-03-18 14:37

    Get well Fabrice, Lords's healing hand is upon you,May you wakeup healed.Amen.

  • Sue - 2012-03-18 15:10

    Get well soon.

  • Sue - 2012-03-18 15:11

    Get better soon!

  • Tshepo - 2012-03-19 09:42

    get well brother!

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