Muamba effectively dead for 78 minutes

Muamba effectively dead for 78 minutes

By: || Updated: 01 Jan 1970 12:00 AM

DOCTORS treating
Bolton Wanderers' Fabrice Muamba have revealed the player was effectively
dead for over an hour after his cardiac arrest on the pitch at the
weekend. According to a
report, they said the 23-year-old was given 15 electric shocks before his
heart started beating again following his collapse during an FA Cup game
against Tottenham.

Medics spent 48 minutes trying to resuscitate
Muamba between his collapse on the pitch at White Hart Lane and his
arrival at hospital, where doctors worked on him for another 30 minutes -
a total of 78 minutes. Two of the shocks were administered on the pitch,
one in the tunnel, and another 12 in the ambulance. "In effect, he was
dead in that time," said club medic Dr Jonathan Tobin said.

his heart was restarted, Muamba has been in intensive care at the London
Chest Hospital. These are the very first steps of a very long pathway that
Fabrice is going to go down. Dr Tobin visited the midfielder on Tuesday
night when he said the still critically-ill player asked him what had

"I'm glad to say that the early signs of recovery have
continued," said Dr Tobin. "I went to see Fabrice last night. I went in
and he said 'Hi, doc'. I asked him how he was and he said 'fine'." He
continued: "I explained to him what had happened. "That's the sort of
level of communication I have had with Fabrice."

Medics have been
unable to confirm whether Muamba will ever be able to play professional
football again. "These are the very first steps of a very long pathway
that Fabrice is going to go down," added Dr Tobin. Meanwhile, Dr Andrew
Deaner, the cardiologist and Tottenham fan who leapt from his seat in the
crowd and rushed on to the pitch to help the player, has described
Muamba's recovery as "miraculous".

Dr Jonathan Tobin revealed Muamba told him that he was 'fine'. The medic
revealed he was only at the game because he had been given a spare ticket
by his nephew who was unable to attend. He was watching the match with his
brothers when he saw Muamba fall to the ground and immediately rushed to
his side.

"Something sort of told me I should go down," he said.
"The adrenaline starts pumping when you see a cardiac arrest." He visited
Muamba after he had woken up and said the footballer was able to make a
joke even that early in his recovery. Dr Deaner asked the player what his
name was, and Muamba was able to give his name. "I said 'I understand
you're a very good footballer'. And he said 'I try'," he continued.

things stand, I think his life is not in danger at this time. His
neurological function is looking very good but it is early days," he
added. Earlier, Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor told Sky News Muamba was
"much better" and suggested the midfielder was talking and even laughing
after visiting him at the hospital in Bethnal Green, east London.

of the early signs of the player's recovery came as Bolton Wanderers
confirmed their Premier League fixture against Blackburn Rovers on
Saturday will go ahead - and the postponed FA Cup tie away to Spurs will
take place on Tuesday. The club's match against Aston Villa earlier this
week was cancelled in the wake of the incident.

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