March 19, 2012- Fabrice Muamba, a player on the Bolton soccer team in Premier League in England, collapsed on the pitch Saturday. He was rushed to the hospital after paramedics tried to resuscitate him for six minutes on the field.
The former English Under-21 player remains critically ill at a London hospital. His coach, Owen Coyle said, “We want to thank everyone on behalf of the Muamba family for their support.”
He added, “Everyone is praying that Fabrice will recover and it has been a source of strength for the family.”
The chairman of the club, Phil Gartside said, “The support of the fans at the match was impressive. We have received support from across the globe.”
The team was playing against Premier League rival Tottenham in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup when Muamba collapsed. Bolton executives have said they may pull out of the Cup following what happened to Muamba. Bolton was scheduled to play Tuesday against Aston Villa, but that match has postponed.
The 23-year old Muamba will remain anesthetized in the hospital’s cardiac intensive care unit until at least Monday afternoon. Doctor say his condition is very critical and will not know what permanent damage if any, he will have until he is un-anesthetized. Doctors said they would report on his condition as soon as there is new information to release.