Fabrice Muamba Incident: In 2012, professional footballer Fabrice
Muamba collapsed during a televised FA Cup match. He suffered from cardiac arrest and his heart stopped for 78 minutes. Thanks to swift medical intervention, he survived. This incident highlighted the
unpredictability of cardiac events in athletes and the necessity for
Christian Eriksen Incident (2021): During a UEFA Euro 2020 football match, Danish player Christian Eriksen suddenly collapsed. Immediate medical intervention, including CPR, was required on the pitch, and he was later stabilized at a hospital. The incident was a stark reminder of the unpredictability of cardiac events even in top-tier, well-conditioned athletes.
Unsuspecting Marathoner: In 2019, a seasoned marathon runner
named Emma had been rigorously preparing for the Boston Marathon. Despite her impeccable training regimen and no prior symptoms, she suffered a sudden cardiac event during one of her training sessions, just weeks before the race. Her story is a compelling testament to the unpredictability of cardiac anomalies and the dire need for real-time monitoring, even in athletes who seem to be in peak physical condition.