Muamba fights for life after cardiac arrrest

English football was in shock as Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba fought for life in intensive care. Muamba collapsed with cardiac arrest in Bolton’s FA Cup match against Tottenham Hotspur. Doctors had to administer emergency treatment on the pitch, and it was nearly 2 hours before medics could get the player’s heart to beat on its own. The match was immediately abandoned.

The 23 year-old was kept in intensive care at the London Chest Hospital and anaesthetised. Manager Owen Coyle and teammate Kevin Davies had accompanied Muamba to hospital. Coyle said, "All our thoughts and prayers are for Fabrice and his family at this time."

The hospital issued a statement: "Fabrice received prolonged resuscitation at the ground and en 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."

Muamba arrived in Britain as an 11 year-old refugee from the civil war in Congo, and football became his way of assimilating into the British way of life, He came through the Arsenal academy as a powerful and tall defensive midfielder, before moving on, initially to Birmingham, later to Bolton. He has played 33 times for England under-21s.

News of his condition sent shockwaves through football, with players on Twitter sending messages of dismay at the news and willing Muamba to pull through. When Muamba’s former Bolton teammate Gary Cahill scored for Chelsea in the FA Cup, he revealed a T-shirt with the message "Pray For Muamba".

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