Tuesday, 20 March 2012
Fabrice Muamba and the power of science.
Fabrice Muamba is not only a gifted footballer but by all accounts a really good bloke as well. When the young Bolton midfielder collapsed it was natural that people felt for his family and wished him well. It's early days but it very much looks as though Fabrice is in the first stages of recovery and who would not be pleased about that. What I'm not so pleased about is the way that this recovery is being attributed to the supernatural. Google "Fabrice Muamba power of prayer" and you will be rewarded by an astonishing 62,000 results. No mention of the good fortune of having a cardiac surgeon in the crowd who was able to be present during the "golden moments" after collapse. No mention of the dedicated teams of NHS workers who didn't wait to check on the patients insurance cover before going flat out to save a young life. No mention either that if Faprice pulls through it will be down to the power of modern medical science - not the power of prayer.