Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba was discharged yesterday from hospital, almost a month to the day after he suffered a cardiac arrest during a game. Midfielder Muamba collapsed on the pitch in the first half of Bolton’s FA Cup quarter-final at Tottenham Hotspur on March 17, with the game subsequently being abandoned. The former England Under-21 international received treatment on the field – including from heart specialist Andrew Deaner, who was in the crowd – before being taken to the London Chest Hospital.
(L-R) Dr Andrew Deaner, the cardiologist and Tottenham fan who leapt from his seat in the crowd and rushed on to the pitch to help Muamba, as well as consultant cardiologist Dr Sam Mohiddin, both from Barts Health NHS Trust.
Fabrice had a built in defibrillator (an electronic implant) fitted before his release from hospital. A spokesman for the Barts Health NHS Trust said: ‘Barts Health 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.’