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Defibrillator fund launched one year on from Fabrice Muamba's near-fatal cardiac arrest

Fabrice Muamba Photo: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

One year after Fabrice Muamba's near-fatal cardiac arrest, a £1.2 million defibrillator fund has been launched.

Aiming to save lives in England's football clubs and their communities, the Football Association (FA) and the British Heart Foundation (BHF) have teamed up so that more than 900 defibrillators will be at hand.

Last year, a 24-year-old Muamba collapsed on the pitch during Bolton's FA Cup quarter final against Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

According to the BHF, only one in ten people survive an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in the UK.

There is no doubt how valuable these pieces of equipment can be, and if they save just one life then the investment is worth it.

– Stuart Pearce, Muamba's former under-21 England boss

A defibrillator gives the heart a controlled electrical shock during cardiac arrest.

For every minute that passes without defibrillation chances of survival decrease by around 10 per cent.

Research from the BHF shows that giving a controlled shock within five minutes of collapse provides the best possible chance of survival if CPR has been carried out as well.