AFC set to fundraise for defibrillators

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FOLLOWING the collapse of Premier League footballer Fabrice Muamba, AFC Sudbury are raising money to buy the vital equipment which saved his life on the pitch.

The club is looking to raise £2,000 to buy two defibrillator machines and train staff on how to use them in time for next season.

Muamba, 23, suffered a heart attack in the first half of last Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Tottenham. It was reported the midfielder was effectively dead for around 78 minutes while doctors and paramedics attempted to restart his heart.

David Webb, fixtures secretary at the club, which plays at the MEL Group Stadium, said it was the supporters’ club that had initiated the call for the life-saving machines.

“We hope to get two machines, one to keep at the club and one to go around with the first team,” he said.

“What happened with Muamba has raised awareness that this can happen to anyone and it is best to be prepared.”

Collections for the machines will be made during the club’s home games, with fundraising events held throughout the summer.