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Muamba still in 'critical condition' after cardiac arrest

ESPN staff
March 18, 2012
Fabrice Muamba is being treated at London's Chest Hospital © PA Photos

Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba remains in a critical condition in hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest during the Trotters' FA Cup tie with Tottenham on Saturday.

The 23-year-old collapsed on the pitch late in the first half of the match at White Hart Lane, which was subsequently abandoned.

Muamba was attended to on the pitch for several minutes by paramedics before being taken to The London Chest Hospital, where he is being treated in the intensive care unit of the heart attack centre.

A joint statement by Bolton and the hospital confirmed that Muamba remained in intensive care.

"Fabrice Muamba remains in a critical condition in intensive care in the heart attack centre at The London Chest Hospital," it said. "Fabrice was admitted to hospital [on Saturday] evening after collapsing at White Hart Lane where he sustained a cardiac arrest during the FA Cup quarter-final against Tottenham.

"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 procedure 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."

Bolton manager Owen Coyle said: "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. The family would also like to thank the media for respecting their privacy at this time."

Tottenham released a statement on Sunday, saying "the thoughts of everyone at the club" were with Muamba and his family.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, said: "Our thoughts are with Fabrice's family and Bolton Wanderers and we are all willing him to pull through. Events such as this put everything into perspective.

"We are immensely proud and grateful to the medical teams at both clubs, their response was immediate and professional. Our thanks also to both sets of fans for their support and behaviour. Too often we read the negatives about football and yet last night, at a time of intense emergency and uncertainty, we saw the true humanity and empathy of the footballing family."

Manager Harry Redknapp added: "All our thoughts are with Fabrice, his family, Owen Coyle and the club. It was the right decision to abandon the game, everybody was in a state of shock and it wouldn't have been right to carry on. Football is the last thing on anyone's mind when an awful situation such as this happens. All we are thinking about now is Fabrice and his family."

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