Muamba Critically Ill In Intensive Care – Next 24 Hours Crucial

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.

17 comments so far

  • Brutooon

    Mar 18, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #1

    Get Well Soon Muamba !!!


    Mar 18, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #2

    Come on bonny lad keep fighting!!!

  • Baro

    Mar 18, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #3

    Get well soon fabrice muamba … All the best wishes! .. We know u can fight it ur a strong young fella!

  • Baro

    Mar 18, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #4

    Any 1 know what time the game is tomorrow ? After time change it’s all weird

  • shearermania

    Mar 18, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #5

    tragic……normally dont have much time for the yids but must say their supporters showed real class today…..

    lets hope the boy pulls through

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 18, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #6

    Very sad news. Get well soon Muamba.

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Mar 18, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #7

    Say a prayer for Fabrice Muamba tonight lads. Let’s hope that by the time we wake up tomorrow the bonny lad will be munching on a bowl of Cornflakes looking forward to tuning into the match! Howay Fabrice!

  • ross armstrong

    Mar 18, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #8

    get well very soon fab!!! terrible news!!! we are all praying for you!!


    Mar 18, 2012 at 5:11 AM

    Comment #9


    Real class on show from the Spuds today agreed, its at times like this that the Football is not important!

  • reverend-of-toon

    Mar 18, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #10

    Cant belive another player is has having the same problems tht effected the likes of the late Phil O’Donnell and Antino Pureta. Cracking show from the Spurs fans and staff. On normal occasasions i dont like Tottenham but no one can fault them and times like this football loyalties doesnt matter. Would Sunderland look after one our players like if the same problem arose? I would like to think so.

    Get well soon Muamba lad

    Love and peace

  • stuart no9

    Mar 18, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #11

    baro @ 4 – what time change is that m8 ?


    Mar 18, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #12

    We all have our fingers crossed lad.

  • wynsleap

    Mar 18, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #13

    Let us all hope and pray this young man is able to successfully pull through in the next 24 hours. I’m sure everyone who loves football will have their thoughts with him today.
    Everyone at the game who played their part with such dignity and understanding yesterday should be extremely proud of themselves. It is reassuring to know that when the chips are down supporters, managers, coaches and players can all come together in such tragic circumstances.

  • nufcburty

    Mar 18, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #14

    Poor guy, death is always round the corner and it’s such a sad thing, hope to God he pulls through!

  • Davies

    Mar 18, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #15

    Fingers crossed for the lad. Hope he pulls through and gets back in the game.

  • Solaidback

    Mar 18, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #16

    Our heart felt warm wishes to Fabrice & his famile during this trumatic time, get well soon fella!

    Fao Baro – what do you mean time change fella????

    Isn’t the kick off still at 4pm GMT????

  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 18, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #17

    Dear lord help him through this….praying


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