VIDEO: Muamba's heart stopped for two hours

This Is Lancashire: Fabrice Muamba - "next 24 hours are crucial" Fabrice Muamba - "next 24 hours are crucial"

PARAMEDICS desperately tried to resuscitate Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba but could not get his heart to start beating on its own for almost two hours, it has emerged.

The 23-year-old remains in a critical condition in hospital after suffering from a heart attack and collapsing on the pitch during an FA Cup tie.

He fell to the ground at White Hart Lane at 6.11pm on Saturday in front of millions of television viewers watching the quarter final between Tottenham Hotspur and his club, Bolton Wanderers.

Muamba went into cardiac arrest and paramedics were unable to start his heart working by itself again until he reached London Chest Hospital in Bethnal Green, east London, at 8pm.

He remains anaesthetised in intensive care at the hospital, which is seven miles away from the stadium. Members of his family and his fiancee reportedly attended the hospital on Saturday night.

Club manager Owen Coyle thanked fans for their support, adding: "Fabrice's family have asked me to pass on their thanks for the many, many kind messages of support from not only Bolton fans but also fans from clubs across the country and abroad. All our thoughts and prayers are for Fabrice and his family at this time. The family would also like to thank the media for respecting their privacy at this time."

A joint statement from the hospital and Bolton Wanderers read: "Fabrice Muamba remains in a critical condition in intensive care in the Heart Attack Centre at the London Chest Hospital. He was admitted to the hospital yesterday evening after collapsing at White Hart Lane where he sustained a cardiac arrest during the FA Cup quarter final against Tottenham Hotspur.

"Fabrice received prolonged resuscitation at the ground and on route to the London Chest Hospital where his heart eventually started working. As is normal medical practice, Fabrice remains anaesthetised in intensive care and will be for at least 24 hours. His condition continues to be closely monitored by the cardiac specialists at the hospital."

Fans left flowers, shirts and scarves at Bolton's Reebok Stadium close to the players' entrance and the location of the club's remembrance book. One message written on a card with a Manchester United emblem on it read: "Our thoughts and prayers are with you. One game, one family." A Bolton flag was signed with the message: "Just get back to full health. Praying for you." Two Bolton shirts were left at the scene, signed with messages of support.

In a statement Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp said: "All our thoughts are with Fabrice, his family, Owen Coyle and the club. It was the right decision to abandon the game. Everybody was in a state of shock and it wouldn't have been right to carry on. Football is the last thing on anyone's mind when an awful situation such as this happens. All we are thinking about now is Fabrice and his family."

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10:03pm Sat 17 Mar 12

Lucy182 says...

Xxx
Xxx Lucy182

12:40am Sun 18 Mar 12

sharonlesley says...

My thoughts are with you and your family at this terribly sad time, hoping you make a quick recovery xx
My thoughts are with you and your family at this terribly sad time, hoping you make a quick recovery xx sharonlesley

3:00am Sun 18 Mar 12

jimmy.jones says...

get well soon you are in everyone's thoughts. you're a fighter who has endured so much already, please show that spirit aain and pull through fit and well
get well soon you are in everyone's thoughts. you're a fighter who has endured so much already, please show that spirit aain and pull through fit and well jimmy.jones

3:01am Sun 18 Mar 12

jimmy.jones says...

get well soon you are in everyone's thoughts. you're a fighter who has endured so much already, please show that spirit again and pull through fit and well
get well soon you are in everyone's thoughts. you're a fighter who has endured so much already, please show that spirit again and pull through fit and well jimmy.jones

8:11am Sun 18 Mar 12

CarlXVIGustaf says...

As a tribute to Muamba the ref really should declare the final result 1-1 and arrange the replay at the Reebok Stadium
As a tribute to Muamba the ref really should declare the final result 1-1 and arrange the replay at the Reebok Stadium CarlXVIGustaf

9:51am Sun 18 Mar 12

Lucy182 says...

No one even cares about the cup or result right now. Get well soon Fab xxxxx
No one even cares about the cup or result right now. Get well soon Fab xxxxx Lucy182

12:09pm Sun 18 Mar 12

CarlXVIGustaf says...

Or alternatively restart it in the 40th minute. There's no way they should be made to replay the full 90 away from home
Or alternatively restart it in the 40th minute. There's no way they should be made to replay the full 90 away from home CarlXVIGustaf

4:58pm Sun 18 Mar 12

local villager says...

so young, so sad, i hope you pull through my thoughts are with all the family
so young, so sad, i hope you pull through my thoughts are with all the family local villager

5:15pm Sun 18 Mar 12

winstonluke says...

hoping n praying for you.... xxx
hoping n praying for you.... xxx winstonluke

6:59pm Sun 18 Mar 12

Americanfan says...

Thoughts and prayers go out to Fabrice and to Bolton, from many across the pond.
Thoughts and prayers go out to Fabrice and to Bolton, from many across the pond. Americanfan

12:12pm Tue 20 Mar 12

georgies_2 says...

Football fans in Ghana and the world over wish Fabrice well. May he get back on his feet soon.
Football fans in Ghana and the world over wish Fabrice well. May he get back on his feet soon. georgies_2

1:18pm Mon 26 Mar 12

christophermartynmeade says...

This was a really tragic affair. I'm not a Bolton fan, but I appreciate how bad times such as these put rivalries aside. Good luck to Muamba and his family. Christopher Martyn Meade
This was a really tragic affair. I'm not a Bolton fan, but I appreciate how bad times such as these put rivalries aside. Good luck to Muamba and his family. Christopher Martyn Meade christophermartynmeade

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