BOLTON midfielder Fabrice Muamba was “in effect dead” for almost 80 minutes before his miraculous resuscitation following an on-field cardiac arrest at Tottenham on Saturday.
Trotters club doctor Jonathan Tobin said Muamba did not respond to repeated attempts at mouth-to-mouth and 15 rounds of electric shock treatment on the pitch and on the way to the London Chest Hospital.
Medics there eventually revived the 23-year-old, who last night remained under close observation at the specialist centre in Bethnal Green, but is now conscious and continues to show gradual improvement.
“It was 48 minutes from the time he collapsed to the time he reached hospital, and then a further 30 minutes that they were working on him in the hospital without his heart beating and without him breathing,” said Dr Tobin. “In effect, he was dead in that time.”
Dr Andrew Deaner, a cardiologist at the hospital who was at the game and ran on to help, added: “If I was ever going to use the term miraculous it could be used here.”