Archive - Apr 16, 2012

Archive - Apr 16, 2012


Fabrice Muamba Discharged from Hospital

LONDON (AP) Fabrice Muamba was discharged Monday from the hospital where the Bolton midfielder had been treated since collapsing from a cardiac arrest during a game less than a month ago.

Muamba had been in the London Chest Hospital since March 17. His heart stopped beating on its own for 78 minutes while doctors worked to resuscitate him and his prospects of survival were uncertain.

But Muamba recovered remarkably quickly, leaving his bed just nine days after collapsing.

''I am naturally very pleased to be discharged from hospital and would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to every single member of the staff at The London Chest Hospital who have played a part in my care,'' Muamba said. ''Their dedication, professionalism and expertise is simply amazing and I will forever be in their debt. I also wish to say thank you to all the many well-wishers who have sent thousands of messages of support.

Italian Soccer Players Demand Defibrillators at Matches

ROME — The head of Italy's third and fourth division football leagues has threatened to call off matches this weekend unless teams guarantee that they have a defibrillator at their grounds.

Lega Pro president Francesco Ghirelli said he wants clubs to ensure they have the life-saving equipment, after the death last weekend of Livorno's Piermario Morosini, who collapsed during a division two match at Pescara.

"By Thursday we want a written confirmation from the club presidents that as agreed upon at the beginning of the season, there will be a defibrillator at the ground, otherwise there won't be any play on Sunday," Ghirelli said.

Automated external defibrillators (AED) can be crucial in helping to save people's lives by giving an electric shock in some cases of cardiac arrest.

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