Yeah, the first thing I thought of was Matt Nader. Any update?
Yeah, the first thing I thought of was Matt Nader. Any update?
update: LONDON -- A friend of Fabrice Muamba says the Bolton midfielder's family reports he's started speaking again, two days after going into cardiac arrest during a match.
Curtis Codrington told The Associated Press after talking to Muamba's family Monday that his friend had spoken "minimal words in English and French, which is better than nothing."
Codrington has been visiting Muamba in intensive care since the player collapsed during Saturday's match at Tottenham.
Earlier, the hospital said Muamba had begun to show "small signs of improvement." His heart started beating without the help of medication Monday and his arms and legs were moving. But the statement emphasized that he remained in critical condition.
Great news! Muamba began breathing on his own and responding to family members Monday, showing significant signs of recovery two days after going into cardiac arrest during a match.
Here's a link to the report TedStriker mentioned.
Last edited by Jack; 03-19-2012 at 04:54 PM.
more good news
and an interesting part I hadn't heardAfter the news that Bolton Wanderers' game against Blackburn this Saturday would go ahead, there was the good news that Bolton's doctor Jonathan Tobin confirmed Fabrice Muamba had been able to recount the events at White Hart Lane last Saturday.
"I'm glad to say that the early signs of recovery have continued. I went to see Fabrice last night. I went in and he said: 'Hi, doc.' I asked him how he was and he said: 'Fine.'
Tobin said the player had asked him what had happened. "I explained to him what had happened," he said. "That's the sort of level of communication I have had with Fabrice."
Tobin said that medics tried unsuccessfully to revive Muamba for 48 minutes before he arrived at the London chest hospital and that it then took another 30 minutes before Muamba's heart started beating again, having received 15 shocks. It had been stopped for two hours, raising fears of significant brain damage, even if Muamba survived. "In effect, he was dead in that time," said Tobin.
Dr Andrew Deaner, the cardiologist and Tottenham fan who leapt from his seat in the crowd and rushed on to the pitch to help the player, said Muamba's recovery could be described as "miraculous". Dr Deaner went to visit the player after he had woken up and recalled that Muamba was able to make a joke even that early on into his recovery process.
"I whispered into his ear 'What's your name?'," he said. The footballer gave his name. Dr Deaner went on: "I said 'I understand you're a very good footballer'. And he said 'I try'."
Dr Deaner said he had had tears in his eyes at witnessing that sign of the player's sense of humour returning so soon. He recalled how he had been watching the match with his brother when he saw Muamba collapse and doctors rush to his side.
Turning to his brother, he said: "They're doing CPR. I should go and help." His brother agreed, he said, and so the father of three sprang into action. "Something sort of told me I should go down," he said. "The adrenaline starts pumping when you see a cardiac arrest." He added: "Looking back, it wouldn't have been surprising if the guys there … said 'Go away, we don't need anybody else'."
But the whole response to the incident had been carried out faultlessly, he said. "If you were going to make a film to teach people how to run a complex arrest, this would have been the arrest to film because everything went as it should," he said. "One thing after another just went right." He added: "He's made a remarkable recovery so far. We don't want to get ahead of ourselves … As things stand, I think his life is not in danger at this time. His neurological function is looking very good but it is early days."
Approximately 2 hours without a heartbeat? Amazing.
aside from 78 minutes not being approximately 2 hours by most uses of the word approximately, i can't get my head around how his body survived in that condition for that amount of time.
These kind of stories are so scary. Dude is 23 years old, in tiptop shape as a world class athlete, has probably had a zillion physicals in the last few years, never had a single symptom and then just essentially dropped dead on the pitch. Looks like a combination of incredible luck and immediate medical attention brought him back but damn you just never know when it might be your time.
Either way, amazing.
I still can't get over this. Absolutely incredible that he was able to survive after not having a pulse for that long, let alone be able to speak and communicate that effectively. Can't say how glad I am to hear better and better news every day.
To those who know more about the medical field than I do: Was the Oxygen that they were giving him through the mask helping at all, or is this just an anomalous miracle? Because I know that the brain starts to deteriorate pretty quickly without Oxygen, and without any blood flow, it's hard to imagine that it could have come from any other source.
Muamba taking his first steps down the corridor in the hospital. Continues to improve slowly. Hope it can continue.
The Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba has been discharged from hospital. He had been recovering in the east London hospital since suffering a cardiac arrest on the pitch during Bolton's FA Cup tie with Tottenham at White Hart Lane on 17 March.
A spokesman for Barts Health NHS Trust said on Bolton's official website: "Barts Health can confirm that Fabrice Muamba has now been discharged following several weeks of treatment. All our staff wish him the very best in his ongoing recovery."
Muamba added: "I am naturally very pleased to be discharged from hospital and would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to every single member of staff at the London chest hospital who have played a part in my care.
"Their dedication, professionalism and expertise is simply amazing and I will forever be in their debt. I also wish to say thank you to all the many well-wishers who have sent thousands of messages of support. Now I am out of hospital, I am looking forward to continuing my recovery and spending precious time with my family."
Fabrice Muamba has spoken for the first time about the cardiac arrest he suffered at White Hart Lane on March 17, when his heart stopped beating for 78 minutes. The Bolton midfielder said that he felt no pain but that he felt dizzy and was seeing double.
"I had no pain whatsoever. No clutching at my chest or tightness like you see when people have heart attacks in movies," he told the S**. "I felt dizzy but it wasn't normal dizziness - it was a kind of surreal feeling, like I was running along inside someone else's body.
"Then I started to see double. It felt almost like a dream. I could see Spurs players running around in the distance and two Scott Parkers and then two Luka Modrices. The last thing I heard was our defender Dedryck Boyata screaming at me to get back to help out in defence.
"He obviously had no idea what was happening to me and neither had I. I just felt myself falling through the air then felt two big thumps as my head hit the ground in front of me then that was it. Blackness. Nothing. I was dead."
Unbelievable.....I thought for sure he was a goner, glad I was wrong.
i still have trouble believing this.
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