Here’s the latest news about Patrice Muamba. Finally, there is some good news emerging about the young Bolton player who collapsed on the pitch from a cardiac arrest, during his side’s FA Cup tie with Tottenham, at White Hall Lane, on Saturday.
The player who has been in a critical condition in hospital is showing some sign of recovery, with his heart reportedly functioning sans assistance, according to doctors at the London Chest Hospital.
A statement released by the Wanderers revealed that Muamba’s heart was beating without the help of medication and that he was also moving his arms and legs. The report said that the player’s long term prognosis would remain unclear for some time. It described him as still being “critically ill”and that his condition would continue to be monitored in the intensive care unit at London Chest Hospital.
Bolton manager Owen Coyle is said to have had a brief chat with Muamba after he regained consciousness. the player also received a visit by teammates, Assou-Ekotto, Mark Davies, Darren Pratley, Nigel Reo-Coker and Kevin Davies.
Doctors have since revealed how they fought to save Muamba’s life after his heart had stopped beating for 78 minutes, leaving him clinically dead on the pitch, at White Hart Lane. Among those who attended to Muamba were Tottenham club doctor, Shabaaz Mughal, Botlon Wanderers club doctor, Jonathan Tobin, and Tottenham fan, Dr Andrew Deaner, conultant cardiologist at London chest hospital.
Muamba was given CPR on the pitch and the medics attending to him had the defibrillator ready to administer shocks to revive the heart. It took as many as 15 shocks to get Muamba’s heart beating again after the player appeared to be clinically dead. Two shocks on the pitch and one in the tunnel were followed by 12 in the ambulance.
Dr Andrew Deaner said that Muamba having played for 40 minutes before he collapsed, all of his blood vessels were already dilated and the player had the enzymes to help his muscles to perform to their optimum, and that probably protected him.
The football fraternity has responded magnificently, as players and fans across the world have expressed concern for Muamba and good wishes for his speedy recovery.
The trauma of the incident has left Bolton’s players in no condition to replay their abandoned game against Tottenham and they might even decide to give Spurs a walkover into the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, the Wanderers’ Premier League match with Aston Villa has been postponed and Blackburn have offered to postpone their game with Bolton as well to allow the Wanderers a little more time to get over the trauma.
Muamba’s football career began when he joined Arsenal’s youth academy at age 14, in 2002, after his family, escaping from war-torn Zaire sought asylum in Britain. On loan at Birmingham in 2006, Patrice made a permanent commitment with the St Andrews’ side, later that year. Two years later, in 2008, when Birmingham were relegated, Bolton acquired the promising young player for £5 million. Since then, Muamba has become a permanent feature in the Wanderers’ central-midfield, and until cardiac arrest laid him low was considered one of the fittest players in the Premier League.
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