Soccer Player ‘Dead’ For 78 Minutes

March 22, 2012 by staff 

Soccer Player ‘Dead’ For 78 Minutes, Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba did not respond to 15 defibrillator shocks and was in effect dead for 78 minutes before his heart started beating again, doctors who treated him have revealed.

The 23-year-old has improved significantly since suffering a cardiac arrest during an English FA Cup match last Saturday but is still in intensive care with his condition described as serious.

Muamba is responding appropriately to questions though, speaking in both French and English, and has been joking with some of his many visitors.

Bolton’s club doctor, Jonathan Tobin, spoke for the first time on Wednesday, talking reporters through the severity of Muamba’s collapse and the frantic efforts made to save his life.

Tobin said he and the other paramedics who rushed onto the field treated Muamba for a total of 48 minutes on the pitch and en route to London’s Chest Hospital, but it took a further 30 minutes to restart the midfielder’s heart.

“In effect he was dead in that time,” Dr Tobin said. “Fabrice was in a type of cardiac arrest where the heart is showing lots of electrical activity but no muscular activity.

“It’s something that often responds to drugs and shocks. Now heaven knows why, but Fabrice had, in total, 15 shocks. He had a further 12 shocks in the ambulance.”

Muamba’s plight stunned players and supporters as the Congo-born star dropped to the floor with no-one near him just before halftime in the match.

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