March 19th, 2012
01:28 PM ET

Stricken soccer star Muamba showing signs of improvement

Soccer star Fabrice Muamba, who suffered a cardiac arrest on the field playing for his club Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, is showing small signs of improvement, according to the hospital treating him.

The 23-year-old collapsed at Tottenham Hotspur's White Hart Lane stadium in London during an English FA Cup quarterfinal game and was treated by paramedics on the pitch.

He was subsequently taken to the London Chest Hospital where he has been in a critical condition since Saturday evening.

But a joint statement released by the hospital and Bolton on Monday afternoon said Muamba's condition had marginally improved.

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  1. banasy©

    23 years old.

    March 19, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. fernace

    I'd say congen.ital heart defect, previously gone un-noticed, or dehydration! IMO, athletes, whether college or pros should be screened for pre-existing heart conditions & to learn the difference between pushing yourself & taking un-necessary risks! Unfortunately these 2 scenarios are the most common reasons for athletes to suffer heart attacks & heatstroke! Young people especially, are apt to feeling indestructible & wanting to push beyond limits, to up their gameskills! It seems there has to be a way to prevent these tragedies from happening! There must be enough $$ in professional sports to protect players from this type of fate, w/some sort of stress testing! It's bad enough to have young athletes being injured & dying from accidents, but this situation seems preventable to me!!

    March 19, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |