The expected updated hospital bulletin has just been released on Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba.
Fabrice Muamba – in action for England U21 side
This is the joint statement issued by the hospital and Bolton Wanderers Football club:
“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 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.”
And Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle added this statement:
“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.”
It was a humbling experience to watch the event yesterday afternoon, after Muamba had fallen face first to the ground, after the 23 year-old had suffered a heart attack.
Fans saw the lad being given resuscitation, and a defibrillator was used to try to start his heart, so the fans at the game knew it was a life threatening situation, and the shock and horror on the faces of the fans and the players, told the story.
The game was being televised live around the world and here in the US it was on the Fox Soccer Channel, and this event has put everything into perspective.
Fans arrived this morning at the Bethnel Green hospital and left tributes to Muamba outside – two children left drawings they had made for the midfielder, and many flowers were left on the doorstep of the hospital.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter added this statement:
“Shocked to hear about Fabrice Muamba. My thoughts are with him and his family, his club & loved ones at this difficult time.”
We assume there will be some tributes paid to the player before today’s games, as this has completely stunned people around the world, who are praying for the 23 year-old.
We hope and pray that Fabrice can recover from this, but it’s still a very critical time, and our prayers are with him and his family.