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Muamba describes heart attack

Fabrice Muamba said he felt no pain when he suffered a cardiac arrest playing for Bolton Wanderers just over a month ago.

Muamba has been discharged from hospital and is said to be on the long road to recovery, after his heart stopped beating for 78 minutes while facing Tottenham in an FA Cup tie.

The 24-year-old told The Sun on Sunday: “I had no pain whatsoever. No clutching at my chest or tightness like you see when people have heart attacks in movies.

“I felt dizzy but it wasn’t normal dizziness – it was a kind of surreal feeling, like I was running along inside someone else’s body.

“Then I started to see double. It felt almost like a dream. I could see Spurs players running around in the distance and two Scott Parkers and then two Luka Modrics.

“The last thing I heard was our defender Dedryck Boyata screaming at me to get back to help out in defence.

“He obviously had no idea what was happening to me and neither had I. I just felt myself falling through the air then felt two big thumps as my head hit the ground in front of me then that was it. Blackness, nothing. I was dead.”

Muamba spent over four weeks in hospital but it still remains unclear what caused the heart attack.

He has now been discharged, after having an electronic device surgically implanted in case his heart stops again.

“I was conscious when they fitted my chest with the defibrillator wired to my heart,” he said..

“It won’t need another battery for 10 years, and will be barely noticeable once my stitches have been taken out.

“My doctor likes to call it my heart’s seat belt – it will save me if I have another accident.

“What happened was more than a miracle. Even if I lived I was expected to have suffered brain damage.

“It would be great to play football again and I hope that will happen. But it’s even greater just to live life and love my family. I’m a lucky man.”

Sun 22 April, 2012
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