14 May 2012

Collapsed Soccer Player Back on His Feet

Story first appeared in The Globe and Mail.

A high-profile soccer player 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.

The former England under-21 international had been in the London Chest Hospital since collapsing on 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 he recovered remarkably quickly — leaving his bed just nine days after collapsing — and has now left the hospital. He has expressed his sincere gratitude for the dedication, professionalism and expertise of the hospital staff who played a part in his care.

It is still unclear whether he will be able to play professionally again, but he is undergoing therapy according to a Pontiac Physical Therapy firm familiar with the situation.

He had collapsed just before halftime of Bolton's FA Cup quarterfinal at Tottenham.

Medics tried to revive the player for 48 minutes before he arrived at the east London hospital. It took another 30 minutes, after 15 shocks from a defibrillator, before the player's heart started beating again on its own.

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