Fabrice Muamba | COLLAPSES SUDDENLY IN MATCH! 17.3.2012 TOTTENHAM VS BOLTON
From : smmdz
Mar 18, 2012
emier League footballer Fabrice Muamba remained in intensive care on Sunday morning after collapsing during an FA Cup tie.
The 23-year-old was said to be critically ill in the London Chest Hospital after falling to the ground at White Hart Lane in front of millions of television viewers watching the sixth round tie between Tottenham Hotspur and his club, Bolton Wanderers.
A joint statement from the club and the hospital at just after eleven o'clock on Sunday morning said the player's condition was unchanged, and thanked the thousands of messages of support from fans around the world.
The statement read:
"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. "
Outside the hospital, the club's manager Owen Coyle said the following 24 hours were "absolutely crucial" and urged people to pray for the player's recovery.
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.
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.
Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said: "The thoughts of the Premier League, its clubs and players are with Fabrice Muamba, his family and Bolton Wanderers.
"We would like to praise the players, match officials, coaching staff and medical teams of both clubs at White Hart Lane for their swift actions in attending Fabrice.
"The league would also like to commend the compassion shown by the fans of Bolton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur.
"We hope to hear positive news about Fabrice who is and has been a wonderful ambassador for the English game and the league at Arsenal, Birmingham City and Bolton Wanderers."
Outside the London Chest Hospital, Mr Coyle told Sky News: "Fabrice is critically ill. The next 24 hours are going to be absolutely crucial.
He added: "We've obviously been inundated with people wishing him well and we hope that if everybody can pray strongly tonight that Fabrice is able to recover.
"It's very serious. There's not getting away from that. He's critically ill and God willing he makes it through."
The scene on the pitch recalled memories of Cameroon's Marc Vivien-Foe who collapsed and died during a Confederations Cup match in 2003.
Before the match Muamba took to Twitter to express his excitement over the tie.
Using the username @fmuamba, he tweeted: "Just reach white hart lane. #COYW lets have it now."
Other Premier League footballers posted messages on the website after his collapse.
Wayne Rooney is just one of a host of footballers wishing Muamba well:
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