A FA Cup quarter-final match between the Bolton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur was abandoned after midfielder Fabrice Muamba collapsed during the 41st minute of the match. The soccer player remained in critical condition on Sunday morning.
Doctors and paramedics performed sustained resuscitation efforts on Muamba for well over five minutes on the field before removing him. Muamba was “not breathing” as he left the field and was taken to London’s Chest Hospital. Doctors were able to eventually get his heart working again. The Guardian reports Muamba’s heart was not working independently for two hours after the cardiac event.
Club Manager Owen Coyle later told the media, “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.”
The crowd of 36,000 held their heads in silence as Muamba was removed.