Heart attack forced Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba to quit

By IndepthAfrica
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Aug 15th, 2012

The LOCOG handout photo shows torchbearer Fabrice Muamba carrying the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between the London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Hackney Saturday, July 21, 2012. The Flame arrives at the Olympic stadium for the Opening Ceremony on July 27, 2012. (AP Photo/LOCOG, Joe Giddens)

Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba has spoken of his devastation at being forced to retire from football due to the heart attack he suffered in March.

The npower Championship club have announced that the 24-year-old – who had hoped to make a comeback – had made the decision to retire from the professional game after taking medical advice.

‘While the news is devastating, I have much to be thankful for,’ said Muamba.

‘I thank God that I am alive and I pay tribute once again to the members of the medical team who never gave up on me.’

The Bolton midfielder ‘died’ for 78 minutes on the pitch at White Hart Lane after suffering a cardiac arrest during an FA Cup match.

Muamba collapsed while playing for Bolton against Tottenham at White Hart Lane in an FA Cup match on March 17.

He received lengthy attention on the pitch and it later emerged that his heart had stopped for 78 minutes.

Remarkably he made a stunning recovery and left hospital a month later.

Photo taken on May 5, 2012 shows Bolton Wanderers’ player Fabrice Muamba (L) with his girlfriend Shauna Magunda (R) before the FA Cup final football match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium in London. Muamba has retired from playing professional football on health grounds, the English second-tier club said on their website Thursday. The 24-year-old collapsed during a match away to Tottenham Hotspur in March and his heart then stopped beating for 78 minutes. AFP PHOTO/IAN KINGTON

Muamba told Bolton’s official website: ‘Since suffering my heart attack and being discharged from hospital, I have remained utterly positive in the belief I could one day resume my playing career and play for Bolton Wanderers once again.

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