Muamba Takes First Steps To Recovery

  • April 05, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Fabrice Muamba has began walking for the first time since suffering an on-field cardiac arrest at Tottenham Hotspur last month.

Muamba collapsed to the ground during an FA Cup tie at White Hart Lane on March 17th and despite going 78 minutes without a heartbeat, he remains in a stable condition in the intensive care unit of the London Chest Hospital.

Wanderers boss Owen Coyle has admitted for the first time that Muamba has continued to show signs of improvement and has began to walk for the first time since his horrific incident.

"When I went to see him last week, he was able to walk around his room," Coyle told The Daily Telegraph.

"He's come out the bed and sat in the chair. That was a week ago. And bit by bit the improvements are coming. God willing he gets back to a high standard.

"He's getting better day by day. It's truly remarkable, given where he's come from, when his heart stopped for over an hour and a half.

"There was a concern about the lack of oxygen during that period, but where he is now is terrific. He's still got a long way to go. He's stable. But he's still in intensive care.

"The specialists were fantastic, kept us informed every step of the way. They were astonished by his progress. Even by the Monday, they just weren't expecting that to happen.

"It's been a continual progress. He's such a physically strong guy. But I have no doubt all that energy that came from all the good wishes have played a part.

"What they did in those initial stages - to be honest, with this stuff I'm out my comfort zone - they did a cooling off, brought the body temperature right down, then stabilised it and brought the temperature back up so that the heart could kick in of its own accord.

"That was the critical moment. The concern they had was the oxygen to the brain. But the reaction he has had has eased that worry. He's going the right way."

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