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Bolton Wanderers have confirmed that midfielder Fabrice Muamba has been discharged following his month-long spell at London Chest Hospital. Muamba had suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch during Bolton's FA Cup match against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on March 17th and has since been receiving specialised care since, surviving thanks to the rapid response of the team medics and the proximity to cardiac hospital.
All of the news since the incident has been positive, with Muamba's doctors reporting that progress has gone much better than expected and that a normal life is 'within the spectrum' of possible outcomes. It's unclear when - or if - the 24-year-old, who doctors have described as medically dead for 78 minutes, will return to playing football, but he's well on the road to recovery, which is exceptionally good news.
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Fabrice Muamba is well on the road to recovery at the London Chest Hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest during a match nine days ago. The Bolton Wanderers midfielder, who was described as 'effectively dead' for 78 minutes by the club's medics, is now able to get out of bed for short periods and has started to eat again, according to a statement released by the club:
Fabrice Muamba remains in intensive care at the London chest hospital where his condition is serious but stable. He continues to make encouraging progress in his recovery. Over the weekend he has been able to sit out of bed for a short time, watch television and has begun to eat. However, he will need to continue to be closely monitored by the medical team for some time.
Muamba, apparently, was able to stay awake long enough to watch part of the highlights of Bolton's win against Blackburn Rovers on Match of the Day last weekend, and according to manager Owen Coyle he's been able to finally take in some of the goodwill that's been pouring in from around the world. It's fantastic to see the 23-year-old doing so well after a very scary situation.
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Bolton Wanderers will fulfill their fixture against Blackburn Rovers this weekend and will remain in the FA Cup, the club has confirmed. With the Trotters' midweek match against Aston Villa postponed after Fabrice Muamba's cardiac arrest last Saturday, there had been some doubt as to whether they'd be able to play so soon, but Muamba's been making steady progress and the mood around the club has lifted as a result.
We spoke together with the players as a group this morning and I talked with Fabrice's family last night. Fabrice's father Marcel and his fiancée Shauna were keen that we fulfil our fixtures. Once the players knew this, there was no doubt in our minds that we would play the matches.
While Muamba's prognosis is still unknown, all signs are encouraging, and Bolton are starting to recover as well. One has to imagine that the neutrals will have a new club to cheer on for the rest of the season.
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There's been more good news on the Fabrice Muamba front as the Bolton Wanderers midfielder continues to improve. Muamba awoke from a medically induced coma on Monday afternoon and has since spoken to family and friends, with Chelsea's Michael Essien reporting that the 23-year-old was able to converse in both French and English. Muamba is now breathing unassisted and the London Chest Hospital released a statement saying that he had a 'comfortable night' in their intensive care unit.
With the progress that's being made in terms of Muamba's health, the team appears ready to go ahead with their weekend fixture against Blackburn Rovers, which was looking set for a postponement. With Bolton's match against Aston Villa already pushed back over this incident, it's heartening to see the club on their way to recovery while Muamba's condition continues to improve.
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There's been more positive news from the London Chest Hospital, where Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba is recovering following his cardiac arrest during the match against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday. Earlier on Monday, Wanderers released a statement confirming that Muamba's heart was beating without the aid of medicine, and now they've released another update:
[Muamba] is currently able to breathe independently without the aid of a ventilator. He has also been able to recognise family members and respond to questions appropriately.
These are all positive signs of progress. However, his condition remains serious and the medical staff in intensive care will continue to monitor and treat him.
This is the first we've heard of Muamba regaining consciousness following his collapse at White Hart Lane, and the fact that he's able to respond 'appropriately' to questions is a big deal, if not quite the huge news that him actually talking (reported by the AP) would be. The club has also stopped referring to the midfielder's condition as critical, although it's not entirely clear whether they're using actual medical terminology in their releases. Either way, if you're pulling for Muamba*, this is very good news indeed.
*I.e. you are a person who has heard of what's happening.
Bolton Wanderers have released more information on the fate of stricken 23-year-old midfielder Fabrice Muamba, who's been in intensive care at the London Chest Hospital after suffering a hear attack during the Trotters' match against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday. Although he's still critically ill, Muamba is showing real signs of improvement, with Bolton revealing that his heart has resumed beating without the use of medication and that he is moving his arms and legs.
These developments are a significant part of Muamba's long-term recovery, but the general prognosis is still entirely unclear. We won't have more detailed information for a good deal of time yet, but this is very positive news for Muamba's health, if not yet his career. Hopefully this is merely the first step towards Muamba making a full and quick recovery.
The fate of Bolton's matches against Blackburn Rovers in the league and Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup remain entirely up in the air. If more good news comes in, however, they seem more likely to go through with the club's mood lifted.
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Bolton Wanderers may pull out of the FA Cup entirely after the horrifying incident involving Fabrice Muamba at White Hart Lane on Saturday, the Independant has reported. The Trotters' midweek match against Aston Villa has already been postponed, and with Muamba still critically ill in London Chest Hospital there's some doubt as to whether or not their weekend fixture against Blackburn Rovers will be played on time either.
But postponing matches is different to pulling out of competitions entirely, something that may well be on the cards for Bolton as they face the spectre of a repeat of the FA Cup quarterfinal at White Hart Lane, tentatively scheduled for mid next-week. It would be very difficult for Muamba's teammates and coaches to return to the scene of the 23-year-old's collapse so soon after the event itself, and the FA will apparently meet with the club soon to discuss whether or not the match will actually take place. If Bolton do decide to pull out, Tottenham will get a bye to the semifinal, where they'll meet Chelsea.
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It was announced today that Tuesday's clash between Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers at Villa Park has been postponed while the footballing world comes to terms with the incident involving Fabrice Muamba at White Hart Lane last night.
A short statement from The Trotters official site read;
Bolton Wanderers can confirm that Tuesday evening's Barclays Premier League fixture has been postponed, following talks with Aston Villa and the Premier League. The Club would like to thank Aston Villa and the Premier League for their kind support and understanding at this time. A new date for the fixture will be announced in due course.
Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish spoke about his own dealings with Muamba and wished him well in his recovery in Aston Villa's statement on the postponement;
I have worked with Fabrice as a player at Birmingham and he has always been a terrific lad, nothing other than the perfect professional. My heart goes out to his family and it is overwhelming to think what they are going through right now.
Whilst Villa captain Stilyan Petrov had this to say of his fellow professional in the same statement;
To everyone at Bolton - players, staff, supporters - we stand with you in what you are going through and most of all we hope that Fabrice can come through this ordeal and that the prayers of everybody are answered.
Cardiologists on TV and radio stated that the next 48 to 72 hours would be critical for Muamba, and trying to prepare for an important game in Bolton's battle to avoid relegation with this hanging over their heads would be nigh on impossible.
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Fabrice Muamba, the Bolton Wanderers midfielder who collapsed during his team's FA Cup match against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, remains in critical care under intensive care in London on Sunday, according to a report by the Associated Press. A statement from Bolton said that after Muamba, 23, suffered what appears to have been a major heart attack during the match, his heart only began working again Saturday night in the hospital.
Medics had attempted resuscitation on the pitch and en route to the hospital. They finally got results at the London Chest Hospital, where Muamba remains. The FA Cup match between Bolton and Tottenham was abandoned as a veil of shock and fear came over White Hart Lane. Spurs fans also had the good spirit to chant Muamba's name intermittently after he was rushed away.
The Associated Press also reports that Bolton's Tuesday Premier League match against Aston Villa is under threat.
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Owen Coyle has spoken further about Fabrice Muamba's condition as Muamba remains in a critical condition at the London Chest Center in Bethnall Green.
Whilst the club stated almost immediately that there would be no further comment on the situation, the Bolton boss spoke to Sky News telling them;
Fabrice is critically ill. The next 24 hours are going to be absolutely crucial. We've obviously been inundated with people wishing him well and we hope that if everybody can pray strongly tonight that Fabrice is able to recover. It's very serious. There's not getting away from that. He's critically ill and God willing he makes it through.
Whilst we still don't have any further details on the former England U21 captain, thoughts and well wishes have come from all corners of the football family, not just in England but abroad too as the likes of Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo dedicated his side's win over Fiorentina to Muamba, whilst Barcelona midfield Andres Iniesta also joined the throng of well wishers on Twitter.
We'll bring you more details as we have them on Muamba's condition in this StoryStream.
Fabrice Muamba is in intensive care, being treated for a heart attack after collapsing on the pitch during Saturday's FA Cup matchup between Bolton and Tottenham. The Bolton midfielder went down just before the half, collapsing with nobody around him while suffering an apparent heart attack. Rescue crews immediately began resuscitation efforts and he was rushed to the hospital a short time later.
Bolton has released a statement confirming Muamba is in "critically ill" condition at the moment.
"Bolton Wanderers can confirm that Fabrice Muamba has been admitted to the heart attack centre at London Chest hospital where he is currently in a critically ill condition in intensive care," read a statement on the club's official website.
Earlier, a spokesman confirmed Muamba was "stable" in the hospital following the apparent heart attack. However, from the club's statement, it appears he is not out of the woods yet.
Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba is in stable condition after suffering an apparent heart attack on the pitch during Saturday's FA Cup match between the Wanderers and Tottenham, a hospital spokesman has confirmed. The FA Cup matchup was abandoned after the scary scene, with Muamba being rushed to the hospital as crews reportedly worked to resuscitate him following the apparent heart problem in the 42nd minute.
The news comes from Sky News' Mark White.
Hospital spokesman now confirming that Fabrice #Muamba in a stable condition tonight— Mark White (@skymarkwhite) March 17, 2012
It's an absolutely stunning turn of events following what was an incredibly scary situation on the pitch. Muamba collapsed with nobody around him and medics were seen immediately rushing to his aid. Reports indicated the medical crews on-site were working to resuscitate him with a defibrillator both on the pitch and on the way to the hospital, and it appears the efforts worked.
More on Muamba as it becomes available in this StoryStream.
Fabrice Muamba is at the hospital after collapsing during Bolton's FA Cup match against Tottenham Hotspur and while that is all that has been confirmed, reports indicate a very scary situation in which the player is "fighting for his life." Muamba collapsed just before halftime and medical teams rushed to his aid, treating him for nearly 10 minutes before stretchering him off and taking him to the hospital. The match was abandoned.
Muamba was being given CPR and treated with a defibrillator while down on the pitch as worrying players looked on. According to ESPN, the player was not breathing as he was taken down the tunnel to the ambulance and BBC Radio 5's Ian Dennis said that Muamba was "fighting for his life." Another ESPN report said that Muamba was still receiving CPR on the way to the hospital as medics attempted to resuscitate him.
As of now that only official word on the situation is a statement from the club that read: "Bolton Wanderers can confirm that Fabrice Muamba has been taken to hospital following his collapse at White Hart Lane this evening during the FA Cup quarter-final. There is no further information at this stage."
As soon as the severity of the situation became clear, there was an outpouring of support for Muamba in the stadium and around the world. Fans at the stadium chanted his name and #PrayForMuamba was trending on Twitter with players from around the league and world tweeting their support for Muamba.
The FA Cup match between Tottenham Hotspur and Bolton Wanderers has been abandoned after Bolton's Fabrice Muamba collapsed to the pitch just before halftime. Initially the match was just suspended as the medical staff tended to the player and then the teams waited for word on his condition, but referee Howard Webb eventually made the obvious decision decision to abandon the contest.
It was clear immediately the Muamba was not suffering from a regular injury. The medical staff was not treating him as they would a normal injury and if that didn't give it away, the players sure did. Players had their hands over their faces and looked to be in shock as Muamba was treated on the pitch. Their minds were clearly not on football and with both teams more preoccupied with getting notice on Muamba's condition, the only sensible decision was to abandon the match.
Once Muamba was stretchered off, he was immediately put in an ambulance and taken to the hospital. Speculation has ranged from him suffering a heart attack to a seizure, but there is no concrete news of his condition.
A scary situation at White Hart Lane has put the match on hold for more important matters as a medical team attends to Bolton's Fabrice Muamba after the player fell to the pitch with an apparent health scare. Referee Howard Webb eventually told the teams to leave the field and the match was put on hold while the possibility of abandoning the match is being considered.
It did not look like there was any impact or collision that caused Muamba to fall to the pitch, but the medical team was quickly out to him and attended to him for nearly 10 minutes before stretchering him off. Announcers speculated that it could be a heart issue or a seizure, but it was nothing more the speculation. All that was clear was that very serious and not just a regular injury, but a real health situation.
Whether or not the match is continued is still unclear, but it is hardly the focus at this moment. Muamba's health is the only real concern and with that in doubt, it is tough to imagine either side wanting to continue the match. All we can do now is hope for the best and send our best wishes Muamba's way.
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