Footballer Fabrice Muamba’s heart stopped for 78 minutes on March 17, 2002. Any longer and the Bolton Wanderers’ central midfielder wouldn’t have made it.
They were 43 minutes into the game when it happened. Muamba collapsed during a match between the Tottenham Hotspurs and Bolton Wanderers, and went into cardiac arrest.
Luckily for him, a fan cheering for the opposing team knew just what to do.
Time stopped for Muamba, but for Spurs fan Dr. Andrew Deane, it was time to spring into action.
The cardiologist consultant worked with the medical staff on field to get Muamba the proper treatment. He even made the recommendation to get Muamba to his own hospital, instead of the closest one nearby.
It was a close call, but Muamba made it. And now he has a fan to thank for it, proving that fans can be heroes, too.
Something sort of twitched in me. I turned to my brothers and said, 'I should go and help.'