At a match between Bolton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotsput this weekend, the 23 year old footballer Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch. Bolton manager Owen Coyle and the team doctors from both teams ran out to the pitch immediately, along with paramedics attending the game. A cardiologist was at the match, and he ran on to the pitch to assist as well. So the young man received immediate and concerted medical treatment. It is being reported that the patient had suffered an MI (cardiac arrest), and that the attending paramedics had to use a defib at the scene. Owen Coyle has said that the player, who is now in hospital, is "critically ill".
Fabrice Muamba was born in what was then Zaire, and came to Great Britain as a refugee in 1999. The young man attended school in Walthamstow in London, and earned 10 GCSEs and A levels in English, French and maths. He had more qualifications than any other Bolton player, and it's being reported that he intended to enter higher education, and eventually earn a doctorate.
Muamba was a committed Christian, and away from football, he enjoyed spending time with his girlfriend, who he got engaged to on Valentine's Day, and his young son, Joshua Jeremiah. Players and fans from all over the UK have sent messages of support. Wayne Rooney from Manchester United has said on twitter: "Hope Fabrice Muamba is ok. Praying for him and his family. Still in shock." Rio Ferdinand from Man U: "Come on Fabrice Muamba, praying for you." Stuart Holden from Bolton: "Praying for you Fab." Justin Hoyte of Middlesborough: "I seriously hope my best friend in football is OK. Stay strong bro please stay strong. God is with you remember that." Kevin Keegan, the ex-footballer and manager, said, "I've never seen anything like that on a football pitch before. Our hearts go out to his family."
Can I please ask everyone reading this to say a prayer for this young man, who was making his way through life in such admirable fashion. The English FA have issued a statement saying, "Our thoughts and prayers are with Fabrice Muamba and his family right now. A wonderful person."
Sources: Christian Post, Sky News 10:40am, 12:52am, 5:49pm, The Independent, Daily Mail (all accessed 18/03/12)
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