Fabrice Muamba “Critically Ill” In Hospital After Collapsing On Pitch At White Hart Lane

Alan Duffy

17th, March 2012


By Alan Duffy

Democratic Republic of Congo-born England U21 midfielder Fabrice Muamba remains critically ill in hospital tonight after suffering what appeared to be a heart attack on the pitch in the first half of Bolton’s FA Cup clash with Tottenham at White Hart Lane (which was abandoned by referee Howard Webb).

I, myself, was at White Hart Lane, doing some non-Pies media work and saw the live footage, which wasn’t broadcast, of the player receiving CPR and a number of electric shocks. It was truly harrowing and upsetting to watch although the behaviour of both sets of fans during all this was fantastic.

After 10 minutes of receiving medical attention on the pitch, Muamba was stretchered off and brought to hospital.

ESPN commentator Jon Champion has since been on the receiving end of alot of negativity on Twitter after he listed players who had previously died on football pitches. However, to be fair, he was forced to fill a lot of time on air and, having seen the footage that I saw, his pessimistic tone was understandable.

Bolton Wanderers and The London Chest Hostpital, where Muamba is being treated, released the following statement this evening:

“Bolton Wanderers can confirm that Fabrice Muamba has been admitted to The Heart Attack Centre at The London Chest Hospital where he is in a critically ill condition in intensive care.”

“No further information will be issued at this stage. The club and hospital request that the media and public respect the family’s privacy at this time.”

Muamba had a difficult start to life, being forced to leave the country of birth, DR Congo, at just 11 years old, after his father fled the country because of his political views.  However, despite having no English when he arrived in England, he battled firstly to succeed at school, gaining 10 GCSEs and then to become a successful professional footballer. Let’s hope the young father of Joshua Jeremiah can battle once more and make it through this very difficult time.

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  1. Archbishop Betty Snagcock says:

    with all the bad things football fans do its good to see that at their core they are people that care. no one’s gonna be that much of a dick, sure you’ll get ur attention seekers on the internet, but no one there would even think of it.

  2. Markell says:

    I hope you pull through- We’re all pulling for you, Fab!

  3. Anabelle says:

    I was watching the game, and I can’t describe how horrifying it was.

    Dear God, he’s only 23, and I pray he recovers soon. I can’t begin to imagine what his family is going through right now.

  4. Solihull United says:

    god bless for a speedy recovery. hope everything works out fine for the lad

  5. Mr. Sparkle says:

    I hope that he pulls through. His career is less important than his life, no one should ever leave their child fatherless.

  6. adhikapp says:

    ive seen the likes of feher, puerta and foe’s incident in the news before, but never would i expect to see one on live coverage (even though it was on tv). it was still shocking. i hope he makes it through. its just not right to see his son fatherless. get well soon, fabrice!

  7. Ali says:

    Hope he gets better really soon!!! Prayin 4 Muamba!

  8. Davy says:

    I have to say I checked it out on youtube yesterday and shed a little tear, I was hungover which is a slight excuse but doesn’t it just put things into perspective. Great to see both fans united at times like this!! The opening pic you have here is so sad to see….The guy smiling away. I just hope he pulls through

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