Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 3/24/12

Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba remains hospitalized after suffering a cardiac arrest and suddenly collapsing just before halftime of Bolton’s FA Cup match against Tottenham last Saturday. The soccer world has since lent its unwavering support to Muamba, who, according to a doctor, was effectively dead for 78 minutes before his heart could be started again.

As paramedics attempted to resuscitate the 23-year-old, Tottenham fan and cardiologist Andrew Deaner came from the stands to assist in the medical treatment being given on the field. Deaner works at London Chest Hospital where Muamba is currently being treated and was the first to speak with the midfielder as he came out of a medically induced coma on Monday. Deaner said he was pleasantly surprised by the wit Muamba immediately displayed during their short conversation:

“What’s your name?” Deaner asked. Muamba replied with his name. “I understand you’re a very good footballer,” Deaner said. “I try,” Muamba quipped. The joke was enough to bring Deaner to tears.

Doctors say Muamba probably faces a long road of recovery. It’s still unclear whether he will be able to play soccer again. But it’s good to see him show some levity in what’s an unfathomably scary situation. That positive attitude can only help as he works his way back to full health. We send him our best wishes.

H/T Deadspin
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This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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