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April 17, 2012

UK hospital discharges footballer Fabrice Muamba

UK hospital discharges footballer Fabrice Muamba

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Bolton Wanderers F.C. player Fabrice Muamba has been discharged from the London Chest Hospital, having been taken there in the aftermath of experiencing a cardiac arrest during the first half of a quarter final tie between his team and Tottenham Hotspur on March 17 this year.

File photo of Fabrice Muamba from May 6, 2007
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Muamba has said he is “naturally very pleased to be discharged from hospital”. A spokesperson for Barts and The London NHS Trust clarified: “[We] 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 thanked the workers at the London Chest Hospital who assisted him in the recovery process. “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,” Muamba commented. “Now I am out of hospital, I am looking forward to continuing my recovery and spending precious time with my family,” he added. Owen Coyle, the current manager of Bolton Wanderers, described the news as “absolutely fantastic”, going on to add that “everyone at the club is delighted” and the treatment provided to Muamba by the London Chest Hospital was “outstanding”.

24-year-old Muamba was reportedly ‘dead’ for 78 minutes in the aftermath of his cardiac arrest at the match in White Hart Lane, London as paramedics attempted to restart his heart. Jonathan Tobin, Bolton Wanderers club doctor, explained in March: “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. We were fearing the worst and didn’t think we would get the recovery we had.” Tobin described Muamba’s recovery as “incredible”. However, Muamba’s future in professional football appears uncertain at this stage.



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March 27, 2012

UK student jailed for \’racist\’ Twitter posts about footballer Fabrice Muamba

UK student jailed for ‘racist’ Twitter posts about footballer Fabrice Muamba

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The incident started after Fabrice Muamba (pictured) collapsed during a football match.
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A student who mocked Bolton footballer Fabrice Muamba on Twitter has been sent to prison for his ‘racist’ comments. Police forces around the UK received complaints about Liam Stacey who made the remarks after Muamba collapsed on the pitch during a match.

Stacey, 21, admitted an offence of inciting racial hatred. He was today given a 56-day sentence at Swansea Magistrates’ Court. He wept as he was handcuffed and led away. His defence noted he admitted his guilt as soon as police in Swansea arrested him, that he was drunk at the time, and claimed he was not a racist and had friends from ethnic minorities.

He had, however, claimed initially his Twitter account had been hacked and tried to delete it when he learned police had been summoned. Former England international player Stan Collymore was among those to contact police.

Shortly after Muamba collapsed Stacey posted “LOL, Fuck Muamba. He’s dead.” When other users responded, he called them “wogs”, telling one “go pick some cotton”. Some sexual comments were also made. The prosecution had hoped to see the case transferred to a more senior court for a sentence longer than the six-month maximum the magistrates’ court could impose.

Stacey is suspended from Swansea University in Wales, where he is a biology student. His lawyer had asked for a non-custodial sentence so he could complete the course, saying Stacey was doing well. However, a campaign among other students is calling for him to be expelled from university entirely.



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March 18, 2012

FA Cup game abandoned after Fabrice Muamba collapses on pitch

FA Cup game abandoned after Fabrice Muamba collapses on pitch

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The FA Cup quarter final tie between Tottenham Hotspur and Bolton Wanderers was abandoned after Bolton player Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch. Muamba collapsed around the 41 minute mark with no players around him and was reported to have stopped breathing. The game was being played at Tottenham’s home ground, White Hart Lane.

After being treated on the pitch for ten minutes by a total of six medics Muamba was taken down the tunnel while supporters of both teams chanted his name. Both mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and a defibrillator were used to try and revive the player. It was reported by ESPN that Muamba was not breathing while he was being carried down the tunnel.

Tributes have already begun to flood in offering support and prayers for the 23-year old. Former team mate Jack Wilshire tweeted “Hope Muamba is okay. Thoughts with him.” Justin Hoyte, who came through the Arsenal youth team with him, said “I seriously hope my best friend in football is OK. Stay strong bro please please stay strong. God is with you remember that.”

Muamba was born in Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo, and came to the United Kingdom as a child. He joined Bolton Wanderers in 2008 after time with Birmingham City and the Arsenal youth squad.



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