Muamba Recalls Horror Moments

  • April 22, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Fabrice Muamba believes he is living proof of the 'power of prayer' after fighting back from certain death.

Muamba collapsed as a result of a cardiac arrest during Bolton's FA Cup tie at Tottenham Hotspur on March 17, with medical staff taking 78 minutes to restart his heart.

Wanderers club doctor, Jonathan Tobin, admitted last month that the 24-year-old was 'in effect dead' during that time.

Muamba was discharged from hospital last week and he believes his religious background may have had an influence on the speed and miraculous nature of his recovery.

"Someone up there was watching over me," Muamba told The Sun. "What happened to me was really more than a miracle.

"On the morning of the game I prayed with my father and asked God to protect me - and he didn't let me down.

"I am walking proof of the power of prayer. For 78 minutes I was dead and even if I lived was expected to have suffered brain damage.

"But I'm very much alive and sitting here talking now. Someone up there was watching over me.

"It wasn't normal dizziness - it was a kind of surreal feeling like I was running along inside someone else's body.

"I had no pain whatsoever. No clutching at my chest or tightness like you see when people have heart attacks in movies. Just an odd feeling that's impossible to explain.

"Then I started to see double. It was almost like a dream.

"I just felt myself falling through the air and then felt two big thumps as my head hit the ground in front of me then that was it. Blackness, nothing. I was dead.

Spurs supporter and cardiologist Dr Andrew Deaner rushed to the aid of Muamba immediately after his collapse at White Hart Lane and the Bolton midfielder insists he owes everything to the doctor.

"It was pure chance that Dr Deaner was in the crowd that day. I owe him everything.

"He is the reason I have been able to hold my baby son again and continue my life."

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