Doctor: Muamba was ‘dead’ for 78 minutes after collapse
LONDON | Fabrice Muamba’s heart stopped beating for 78 minutes and “in effect, he was dead in that time,” Bolton’s team doctor said Wednesday.
The 23-year-old Bolton midfielder collapsed during an FA Cup match against Tottenham on Saturday after suffering from cardiac arrest. He was taken to London Chest Hospital and remains in intensive care.
Medics tried unsuccessfully to revive Muamba for 48 minutes on Saturday before he arrived at the hospital. It then took another 30 minutes, after 15 shocks from a defibrillator, before the player’s heart started beating again.