Godspeed to Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba, who was rushed to a hospital Saturday as medics attempted to resuscitate him following a collapse during an FA Cup match against Tottenham.
More from the Guardian is here. Multiple, updated reports now say Muamba is in stable condition, so perhaps the worst is past.
(Update at 6 p.m. ET … Muamba is not listed as “critical.” A joint release from the team and hospital said: “Bolton Wanderers can confirm that Fabrice Muamba has been admitted to The Heart Attack Centre at The London Chest Hospital where he is in a critically ill condition in intensive care.”)
Collapses in professional matches have turned tragic before; hopefully this won’t be another.
Phil O’Donnell, playing for Motherwell in the Scottish Premier League, died after suffering cardiac arrest against Dundee United in December of 2007.
That came just four months after Sevilla’s Antonio Puerta died following his collapse on the field during La Liga match. He died three days later.
Hungarian Miklós “Miki” Fehér, playing for Benfica, died in 2004 after collapsing during a Portuguese league match. And perhaps most infamously, well-liked Cameroonian international Marc-Vivien Foé, who had spent time at West Ham, Lyon and Manchester City, died on the field in 2003 during a FIFA Confederations Cup contest. An autopsy revealed a congenital heart defect.