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Friday 29 August 2014

Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba "showing signs of improvement"

BOLTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: Tributes and get well messages are laid outside the Reebok Stadium for Bolton Wanderers' Fabrice Muamba at Reebok Stadium on March 19, 2012 in Bolton, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
BOLTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: Tributes and get well messages are laid outside the Reebok Stadium for Bolton Wanderers' Fabrice Muamba at Reebok Stadium on March 19, 2012 in Bolton, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Get well messages for Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba outside the London Chest Hospital, London, where he is being treated after collapsing during a game yesterday

Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba is showing "small signs of improvement" but remains "critically ill", according to the London Chest Hospital.

It is now almost 48 hours since the 23-year-old collapsed during his side's FA Cup quarter-final with Tottenham at White Hart Lane after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Medical staff took two hours to get Muamba's heart working again, but in a statement this afternoon, it was revealed there have been further small reasons for optimism.

"Fabrice Muamba remains in intensive care at the London Chest Hospital, where today he is showing small signs of improvement," read a joint statement, released by Barts and the London NHS Trust and Bolton.

"His heart is now beating without the help of medication and he is also moving his arms and his legs.

"However, his long-term prognosis will remain unclear for some time.

"He is still critically ill and will continue to be closely monitored and treated by staff in The London Chest Hospital's intensive care unit."

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