Bolton’s Fabrice Muamba is stable but remains in critical condition after he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest during the FA Cup quarter final match against Tottenham on Saturday night. The incident brought the match to a standstill at White Hart Lane.
After the shocking incident, medical examiners took two hours to revive the 23 year-old midfielder after which he was sent to the Heart Attack Centre at the London Chest Hospital where he is now being closely monitored. His heart reportedly only started beating again once he arrived at the medical facility.
A joint statement from Bolton, Barts and The NHS Trust this morning read: “Fabrice Muamba’s heart condition is stable, but he remains critically ill in intensive care at The London Chest Hospital. The family is grateful to the media for continuing to respect their privacy at this time.”
Bolton manager Owen Coyle and chairman Phil Gartside visited the hospital this morning and club doctor, Jonathan Tobin is also at the hospital. Muamba’s father, Marcel and his fiancée Shauna remain by his bedside.
Coyle who accompanied Muamba to the hospital has expressed his appreciation for the messages of support that continue to be received both at the hospital and the Reebok stadium.
Coyle said that ”We have been inundated by good messages, everyone praying for Fabrice which is very important. It has been a real source of strength for the family. We know how difficult a time it is for everyone. I can’t really quantify it (the support). It has been incredible, not just from the football world, from everyone. ”
Since the event, Spurs players, clearly affected by Muamba’s collapse, have requested that they be tested for heart defects to determine if any players are at risk of suffering from a heart attack. A cardiologist says he will test the Tottenham squad on Monday.
The Premier League agreed to Bolton’s request for Tuesday’s planned encounter with Aston Villa at Villa Park to be postponed. No new date has been confirmed.
Bolton’s next game is due to be in the Premier League, against local rivals Blackburn at home on Saturday, although no decision will be made until later in the week about whether that match can proceed.