Fabrice Muamba remains in “critical condition” after cardiac arrest.

Posted on: March 18, 2012

Fabrice Muamba receives treatment on the pitch after suffering what has now been confirmed as a cardiac arrest during Bolton Wanderers’ FA Cup tie against Tottenham Hotspur.

An update on Sunday at 11.10am has been given on the condition of Fabrice Muamba, who collapsed on the pitch during Bolton Wanderers‘ FA Cup tie against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

The statement, issued jointly by Bolton and the London Chest hospital, has confirmed that the midfielder suffered a “cardiac arrest” during the game. “Fabrice remains in a critical condition having sustained a cardiac arrest,” the statement said. Prolonged attempts to resuscitate him on the pitch and in the ambulance en route to the hospital managed to get Muamba’s heart working. He remains “anaesthetised in intensive care and closely monitored by medical staff” where he will stay for at least the next 24 hours.

The full statement read: “Fabrice Muamba remains in a critical condition in intensive care in the Heart Attack Centre at the London Chest hospital.

“He was admitted to the hospital yesterday evening after collapsing at White Hart Lane, where he sustained a cardiac arrest during the FA Cup quarter-final against Tottenham.

“Fabrice received prolonged resuscitation at the ground and en route to the London Chest hospital, where his heart eventually started working.

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

Muamba’s family visited the former England Under-21 international today and, together with his club, have thanked fans and members of the public for their messages of support. Owen Coyle, Bolton’s manager who has been at the hospital with his chairman, Phil Gartside, said the player is in “all our thoughts and prayers”.

The Tottenham manager, Harry Redknapp, said in a statement on the Spurs website: “All our thoughts are with Fabrice, his family, Owen Coyle and the club. It was the right decision to abandon the game, everybody was in a state of shock and it wouldn’t have been right to carry on. Football is the last thing on anyone’s mind when an awful situation such as this happens. All we are thinking about now is Fabrice and his family.”

Tottenham’s chairman, Daniel Levy, paid tribute to the clubs’ medical staff and supporters. “We are immensely proud and grateful to the medical teams at both clubs, their response was immediate and professional,” he said. “Our thanks also to both sets of fans for their support and behaviour. Too often we read the negatives about football and yet last night, at a time of intense emergency and uncertainty, we saw the true humanity and empathy of the footballing family.”

The Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, has added his voice to those expressing their concern for the player. “Shocked to hear about Fabrice Muamba,” he said. “My thoughts are with him and his family, his club & loved ones at this difficult time.”

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