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Pray for him: Bolton's Muamba fighting for his life after collapsing on the pitch

Written By Koka Albert on Saturday, March 17, 2012 | 11:53 PM

Tottenham’s FA Cup tie against Bolton was dramatically called off when Trotters midfielder Fabrice Muamba collapsed in the centre of the White Hart Lane pitch after suffering a suspected heart attack in front of 36,000 fans and a television audience of a million.
The 23-year-old, who was reported to have stopped breathing, received cardio-resuscitation treatment from doctors and paramedics as shocked and distressed players from both sides looked on.
Shock: Owen Coyle and players from both sides show their concern for Fabrice Muamba
Shock: Owen Coyle and players from both sides show their concern for Fabrice Muamba

Some of them were in tears, others openly prayed while Muamba, an England Under 21 player who had arrived in  Britain as an 11-year-old when his father was granted asylum after earlier fleeing as a political refugee from their native Democratic Republic of Congo, fought for his life.
After 10 minutes of treatment, Muamba was carried from the field on a stretcher and rushed to the London Chest Hospital, where he was still being treated late on Saturday night.

A statement from Bolton said: ‘Fabrice is currently in a critically ill condition in intensive care.’
Muamba’s collapse in the 41st minute went largely unnoticed by the majority of the supporters in the stadium. He had not been involved in a collision, no other player was near him and he was moving into position for a goal-kick when he collapsed.
In action: Muamba (left) completes with Rafael van der Vaart at White Hart Lane
             In action: Muamba (left) completes with Rafael van der Vaart at White Hart Lane

As it quickly became clear that the problem was of the utmost seriousness, Bolton and Spurs players, including Rafael van der Vaart and Benoit Assou-Ekotto, gestured desperately to the bench for immediate treatment.
Bolton physio Andy Mitchell rushed to Muamba’s aid and he was joined by doctors and CPR staff as it became apparent that the situation was life-threatening.
Stunned: Van der Vaart is lost in prayer
                               Stunned: Van der Vaart is lost in prayer
Owen Coyle, the Bolton manager, joined the medical teams near the centre circle while players and staff from both teams gathered on the touchline near the dugout, consoling one another. Some, including Dedryck Boyota and Tottenham’s Jermain Defoe, were in tears.
Bolton fans chanted Muamba’s name in a gesture of support and they were joined by Tottenham fans as the gravity of the situation became clear.
After 10 minutes of treatment, Muamba was put on a stretcher and CPR continued as he left the pitch to sustained applause.
He was taken to hospital, Coyle and club captain Kevin Davies travelling with him.
Quick to react: With Muamba floored, referee Howard Webb immediately called on medical staff
Quick to react: With Muamba floored, referee Howard Webb immediately called on medical staff

A distressed Scott Parker, the Tottenham captain, appeared to tell World Cup referee Howard Webb that the game could not continue. Shortly afterwards Webb, who also spoke to Coyle and Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, took the players to the dressing rooms and within 10 minutes fans were told that the game had been abandoned.
The announcement was met with restrained applause as the crowd began to depart. Those in the West Stand, which adjoins the main entrance at White Hart Lane, were asked to wait while the ambulance carrying Muamba departed.
Comfort: Gareth Bale gives Jermain Defoe - a close friend of Muamba's - a show of support
Comfort: Gareth Bale gives Jermain Defoe - a close friend of Muamba's - a show of support

As fans left the stadium, an eerie silence descended on the ground. The desperate scenes evoked memories Marc-Vivian Foe, who died after suffering a heart attack while playing for Cameroon in the 2003 Confederations Cup.
FIFA, the world governing body, subsequently introduced compulsory heart screening before tournaments and in 2005 doctors headed by FIFA medical chief Michel D’Hooghe wrote a report on the syndrome and made further recommendations to prevent fatalities.
Stunned spectators: White Hart Lane emptied in silence
                               Stunned spectators: White Hart Lane emptied in silence

Muamba, who was born in Kinshasa, the capital of what was then Zaire, came to London as an 11-year-old in 1999. Five years earlier, his father, Marcel, had fled their homeland to escape attack by political opponents as the country plunged into civil war.

The young Fabrice grew up in Walthamstow, just a few miles from the Tottenham ground, and was signed by Arsenal as a schoolboy. He represented England at every age level up to Under-21 and was loaned to Birmingham City before joining them on a permanent basis. He switched to Bolton in 2008 in a £5million move.
In action for Arsenal: Muamba
 Former Blue: Muamba

Previous clubs: Muamba in action for Arsenal (left) and Birmingham

Football rallied in support of Muamba. Spurs midfielder Van der Vaart said on Twitter: ‘Terrible what happened with Muamba. We’re all praying for him.’
England midfielder Jack Wilshere, who played with Muamba in Arsenal and England youth teams and during a loan spell at Bolton, wrote: ‘Hope Muamba is OK. Thoughts with him.’
FA chairman David Bernstein said: ‘I would like to send our thoughts and prayers to Fabrice Muamba and his family.’ Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore praised ‘the compasion shown by the fans’ of both sides.
The game was level at 1-1 when it was called off, following Gareth Bale’s own goal which Kyle Walker cancelled out in the 11th minute.
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March 18, 2012 at 12:15 AM

My thoughts are with Muamba,, my he get well soon

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