Anorak | Fabrice Muamba: Jose Mourinho, Dr Andrew Deaner and tabloid experts

Fabrice Muamba: Jose Mourinho, Dr Andrew Deaner and tabloid experts

by | 19th, March 2012

FABRICE Muamba: A look at the Bolton Wanderers player in the news:

The Indian Express : “Muamba’s collapse due to excessive exercise, feel experts”

Experts who never treated Muamba:

Although doctors aren’t yet sure what caused Fabrice Muamba’s heart to stop beating on Saturday, some experts say vigorous exercise may have been the trigger…

“Exercise could be a trigger for a cardiac event,’’ said Dr William McKenna, director of inherited cardiac diseases at University College London. “If you have a known problem and push the system to the limit, it may fall apart.’’

Other experts said it was likely Muamba’s problem was a pre-existing one that hadn’t been detected before. “In someone his age, genetic abnormalities are the most common cause,’’ said Dr Douglas Zipes, a distinguished professor at the Krannert Institute of Cardiology at Indiana University…

“Athletes under the stress of a game have a lot of adrenalin in their bodies,’’ Zipes said. “That can interact with an underlying congenital problem and cause a cardiac arrest,’’ he said.

This follows the fine work of the Sun’s medical team. The Sun told us:

FABRICE Muamba will need a miracle to survive, doctors warned last night. Figures show just five per cent of people who suffer a sudden cardiac arrest outside of hospital live. This goes up to around 17 per cent if the patient is given defribillation within minutes of the arrest. But of those who survive around 95 per cent suffer brain damage — caused when the brain is starved of oxygen.

Carol Cooper, “Sun Doctor”, was handed a pen. She wrote :

WHEN footballers slump on the pitch it’s usually from an injury.

Although they can dive. Was it a dive, Carol or is Fabric Muamba injured, in your expert opinion?

But Fabrice Muamba’s collapse took place well away from the action and was extremely serious. Premier League players get regular medical checks, but they have limitations — that’s why seemingly healthy young people do collapse.

Because they are ill?

…With prompt care, more people can survive and get to hospital where they can get more specialised treatment.

What is this “hospital” of which she peaks?

Ipswich Town’s Alex McCarthy says :

“It’s hard to imagine something like this happening to him, as he’s one of the fittest players I’ve ever come across. It’s an awful thing to happen and I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that he can come through this and make a speedy recovery.”

Matt Lawton tells Mail readers that Muamba’s treatment must be placed in context:

The high level of emergency medical care Fabrice Muamba received at White Hart Lane was the result of measures the Premier League put in place after Petr Cech suffered his serious head injury in 2006.

Jose Mourinho, the then Chelsea manager, complained:

“There are some things that leave me in a very emotional situation. My goalkeeper was waiting for an ambulance for 30 minutes. This is something English football has to think about. This is much more important than football.”

After complaints, changes were made. The new guidelines:

Muamba was treated on the pitch before being rushed to hospital.
An ambulance must be located at the ground for exclusive use of players.
Each club must have their doctor at Premier League games.
The doctor must be seated on the trainers’ bench.

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