BOLTON midfielder Fabrice Muamba pledged his eternal gratitude to the London doctors who saved his life after his release from hospital yesterday, 30 days after the on-field cardiac arrest which almost killed him.
Muamba, who collapsed during a match at Tottenham on 17 March, did not respond to mouth-to-mouth resuscitation or 15 electric shocks and was only revived upon reaching hospital 78 minutes later.
The 24-year-old said in a statement: “I am naturally very pleased to be discharged from hospital and would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to every single member of staff at the London Chest Hospital who have played a part in my care. Their dedication, professionalism and expertise is simply amazing and I will forever be in their debt.”
Muamba was pictured yesterday with Dr Andrew Deaner – the man who leapt from the White Hart Lane crowd to help Bolton and Tottenham medics at the scene – and Dr Sam Mohiddin, both of the Barts Health NHS Trust. It is not known whether the former Arsenal trainee will play football again, but his recovery has already been described as “miraculous” by Deaner.