Fabrice Muamba was ‘dead’ for 78 minutes
The doctors who treated stricken Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba have revealed that he was effectively dead for 78 minutes before responding to treatment and starting his miraculous recovery.
Bolton club doctor Jonathan Tobin claimed the 23-year-old’s recovery has been “incredible”.
He said: “It was 48 minutes when he collapsed to reaching hospital and a further 30 minutes after that. He was, in effect, dead at that time.”
Dr Andrew Deaner, the cardiologist who was at White Hart Lane as a fan and ran onto the pitch to help treat Muamba, also provided an emotional account of how events unfolded.
Dr Deaner, who is also a consultant cardiologist at London Chest Hospital where Muamba is being treated, said: “As soon as I saw them start CPR, something twitched in me. You always hope that, if you have a defibrillator and get there quickly, they will respond to at least two or three shocks. The longer the resuscitation, the less the chances of survival. But this is a very fit 23-year-old and those attending him are trained in CPR.
“If I was ever going to use term miraculous it could be used here. He has made a remarkable recovery so far.
“Two hours after [regaining consciousness] I whispered in his ear, ‘What’s your name?’ and he said, ‘Fabrice Muamba’. I said, ‘I hear you’re a really good footballer’ and he said, ‘I try’. I had a tear in my eye.”
He added: “We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves but, as things stand, his life is not in danger at this time.
“It is early days so it is not possible to say [if he will play again].”
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