There was some terrible drama this afternoon at White Hart Lane, in the FA Cup Quarter Final between Tottenham and Bolton.
Fabrice Muamba being stretchered off
With the scores tied at 1-1 on 41 minutes, the Zaire born 23 year-old collapsed face first to the ground, with what could have been a cardiac arrest.
The TV cameras did not show the paramedics and medical staff attending to the 6’2″ central midfielder, but the crowd saw the player receiving resuscitation attempts, which included mouth-to-mouth and the use of a defibrillator.
Medical staff spent about 10 minutes trying to revive Muamba as they attempted to resuscitate him, and when he was finally stretchered off to great applause from the stunned crowd, and with an oxygen mask and his chest still being pumped, referee Howard Webb rightly abandoned the game.
The Bolton club captain, Kevin Davies, and manager Owen Coyle accompanied Muamba to hospital in the ambulance.
There was then an agonizing couple of hours that passed by, before a statement was issued, that said the player had been stabilized at the London Chest Hospital in Bethnal Green – just nine miles from White Hart Lane – and that player had suffered a cardiac arrest.
And the latest statement issued by Bolton Wanderers read as follows:
“Bolton Wanderers can confirm that Fabrice Muamba has been admitted to the heart attack centre at London Chest hospital where he is currently in a critically ill condition in intensive care.”
“No further information will be issued at this stage. The club has requested the media to respect his family’s privacy at this time.”
After visiting Muamba in hospital, a distressed Bolton manager Owen Coyle had this to say to Sky Sports:
“Fabrice is critically ill. The next 24 hours are going to be absolutely crucial.”
“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 no getting away from that. He’s critically ill and God willing he makes it through.”
The events this afternoon put everything into stark perspective, and our hearts go out to Muamba and his family, and we are hoping and praying for the best.