Update on the condition of Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba

11:51 18 March 2012

Fabrice Muamba

Fabrice Muamba

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Fabrice Muamba will remain in intensive care for at least the next 24 hours after the Bolton midfielder suffered a cardiac arrest during yesterday’s FA Cup tie at Tottenham.

In a joint statement released this morning, the London Chest Hospital and the club said that Muamba’s heart did start working again after he was carried from the pitch on a stretcher.

However, the 23-year-old remains in a critical condition after collapsing towards the end of the first half with the score delicately poised at 1-1.

A packed White Hart Lane looked on, with a worldwide audience watching live coverage on ESPN, as the Trotters midfielder suddenly fell to the floor.

Confusion turned to horror as medics sprinted on to the pitch to begin resuscitating the young man.

Players looked shocked and watched in disbelief as the former England under-21 star was treated with a defibrillator for several minutes before being stretchered off wearing an oxygen mask and taken to hospital, accompanied by Coyle and Wanderers’ captain Kevin Davies.

World Cup referee Howard Webb abandoned the game.

As the message was relayed around the stadium with the score at 1-1, the fans applauded and chanted Muamba’s name.”The following is a statement released by Bolton Wanderers and the London Chest Hospital:

“Fabrice Muamba remains in a critical condition in intensive care in the Heart Attack Centre at The London Chest Hospital.

“Fabrice 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 Hotspur.

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

“As is normal medical practice, Fabrice remains anaesthetised in intensive care and will be for at least 24 hours.

“His condition continues to be closely monitored by the cardiac specialists at the hospital.

Bolton Wanderers Manager Owen Coyle said: “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. The family would also like to thank the media for respecting their privacy at this time.”

“No further updates are planned at this time.”

Tottenham have also released a statement today:

“The thoughts of everyone at the Club continue to be with Fabrice Muamba and his family after it was confirmed this morning that the player remains in a critically ill condition in intensive care.”

Chairman Daniel Levy said: “Our thoughts are with Fabrice’s family and Bolton Wanderers and we are all willing him to pull through. Events such as this put everything into perspective.

“We are immensely proud and grateful to the medical teams at both clubs, their response was immediate and professional. 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.”

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp said: “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.”

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