For Fabrice Muamba, who suffered cardiac arrest in the 41st minute of the (abandoned) cup tie, Spurs v Bolton Wanderers, Sat 17th March 2012.
A big shout to the medical staff of both clubs, who did their utmost to keep Fabrice alive.
And to both sets of fans, who showed just how decent and honourable the collective can be in times of direness.
Editor’s note; update as at March 21st, 5 days later…..
from BBC website…
The pair were further helped by Dr Andrew Deaner, Consultant Cardiologist at London Chest Hospital, who was at the game as a fan, and ran onto the pitch to lend his expertise.
He said: “As soon as I saw them start CPR, something twitched in me. You always hope that, if you have a defibrillator and get there quickly, they will respond to at least two or three shocks. The longer the resuscitation, the less the chances of survival. But this is a very fit 23-year-old and those attending him are trained in CPR.
“If I was ever going to use term miraculous it could be used here. He has made a remarkable recovery so far.
“Two hours after [regaining consciousness] I whispered in his ear, ‘What’s your name?’ and he said, ‘Fabrice Muamba’. I said, ‘I hear you’re a really good footballer’ and he said, ‘I try’. I had a tear in my eye.”
The consultant added: “We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves but, as things stand, his life is not in danger at this time.
“It is early days so it is not possible to say [if he will play again].”
Dr Sam Mohiddin, the Consultant Cardiologist now looking after Muamba, said: “Fabrice has continued to demonstrate positive signs of recovery.
“His outcome has been extraordinary as a result of extraordinary care.
“He has exceeded our expectations but this remains very early in what could be a very lengthy recovery period.
“The critical thing was the rapid, prompt and very effective CPR at White Hart Lane and expertise from the London ambulance service.
“Normal life is within the spectrum of possibility.”