The English Premier League had two hugely defining moments last season, and each brought a reaction in the days leading up to the start of the new campaign this weekend.
One was the night in March when Fabrice Muamba, an energetic midfield player for the Bolton Wanderers, suffered heart failure during a game at Tottenham in London. He was dead when emergency medical personnel, including a cardiac specialist, reached him, and clinically dead for 78 minutes.
But through modern science and the fact that a defibrillator was available to shock his heart into action 15 times, doctors were able to bring him back to life. Muamba is still a symbol of hope.
Last month, he took a turn carrying the Olympic flame through East London, where his family settled after fleeing the former Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo.
He looked good, and he spoke optimistically of returning to an active role in the game. A checkup last week deemed otherwise. He might still have a decent life, but professional soccer is too great a risk.
“While the news is devastating,” Muamba said, “I have much to be thankful for. I thank God that I am alive and I pay tribute once again to the members of the medical team, who never gave up on me. Football has been my life since I was a teenage boy. Above all else, I love the game and count myself very lucky to have been able to play at the highest level.”
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