WALTHAMSTOW: Collapsed football star still critical

Paramedics treat Fabrice Muamba after his collapse on the pitch. Photo: BBC

Fabrice Muamba.

First published in Your Local Areas East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

FABRICE Muamba remains in a critical condition in hospital following his collapse during a FA Cup tie.

The Bolton Wanderers midfielder, who grew up in Walthamstow, remains in intensive care at the London Chest Hospital.

The 23-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest just before half time during the game on Saturday.

Kelmscott School in Markhosue Road, Walthamstow, Muamba’s former secondary, tweeted yesterday that it is praying for the footballer and his family.

And today his fiancée, Shauna Magunda, also the mother of Muamba’s son Joshua, thanked people for their support.

She tweeted: “For all your messages of love thank u so much. Where there is life there is hope xx.”

Earlier she said: "Please keep praying for Fabrice, it's really helping I can feel it."

Bolton manager Owen Coyle added: “Fabrice's family have asked me to pass on their thanks for the many, many kind messages of support from not only Bolton fans but also fans from clubs across the country and abroad.

"All our thoughts and prayers are for Fabrice and his family at this time. The family would also like to thank the media for respecting their privacy at this time.”

Mr Muamba was born in Zaire - now the Democratic Republic of Congo - and moved with his family to Waltham Forest at the age of 11.

His talent was quickly spotted by a scout for Arsenal, which soon signed him up.

In 2007 the midfielder moved to play for Birmingham and then went to Bolton in 2008.

He has also played for the England under-21 team.

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