Improved Medical Attention in Football helped save Fabrice Muamba’s life
The Chelsea shot-stopper Petr Cech believes it was his severe head injury that helped save Fabric Muamba’s life. In an interview this week, the goalkeeper told reporters that the Bolton midfielder Muamba would have died at White Hart Lane had Cech’s life threatening injury not sparked a medical revolution in English football.
Muamba received immediate medical attention when he suffered a cardiac arrest near to the end of first half of Saturday’s FA Cup clash between Tottenham Hotspur and Bolton Wanderers. Cech stated that it was the reaction to his fractured skull five-and-a-half years ago that forced the Football Association to improve the quality of medical attention in football.
Back when Cech received the horrifying injury, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho critically lambasted against all the factors that had delayed in the goalkeeper being transferred to a hospital.
Following Cech’s incident, Mourinho handed in an official complaint to the FA and Premier League which forced the organizations to introduce ambulances during games, which were present for players and staff usage exclusively. The organizations also made it mandatory for club doctors to attend every game.
Cech stated that he was happy to see the immediate medical attention Muamba received on and off the field.
“People saw me crawling off the pitch and it took so much time before I was carried off on a stretcher,” Cech said. “People couldn't get me out of the dressing room.
“Imagine if this had happened to Fabrice back then. By the time anyone could have got to him, he might not have had any chance.
“I was glad to see that at least since then that all the medical issues and the structure has changed for the better. He still has a chance to survive because of all the equipment around the pitch. It is a great change.
“Sometimes, it can only take a few seconds to change a life or whole career. It is good now that after what happened with me, people get the facilities and medical rules really improved.”
Cech was watching the game on Saturday, which was eventually abandoned because of Muamba’s critical condition.
“You feel for the family and the people who are all close to him and all the players on the pitch because it's really hard to see something like that.
“At the time when I got injured, no-one really knew how serious it was from the start, but you could see straight away this time how serious it was.
“Everybody made the right decision to stop the game. I don't think the players would have had the right concentration to be able to continue.”
Cech returned to action after just two months on the bed, however he has to wear protective headgear ever since his head injury. Cech revealed that it takes time recover from the mental trauma which could also leave you with a scared memory of the incident.
“When I woke up after the operation and even a few days later, football was the last thing on my mind,” Cech said. “You want to try to recover your life in the normal way and then, when you have a chance, you can think further.”