Thursday, August 16, 2012

Goodbye to Muamba, the miracle boy!

Fabrice Muamba being attended to after collapsing during the FA Cup quarter-final between Tottenham Hotspur and Bolton Wanderers at White Hart Lane on March 17. Muamba has retired from playing professional football on health grounds.

It’s sad to see the Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba leave football. But one can hardly feel too bad.  He is lucky to be alive.

I still find it hard to believe that a man whose heart had stopped beating for a whopping 78 minutes could still be alive and in possession of all his faculties.

That Fabrice is alive today makes one wonder how many people, who could have been alive today, have been buried and forgotten in Nigeria.

The 24-year-old collapsed during an FA Cup tie away to Tottenham Hotspur in March and his heart then stopped beating for 78 minutes. Medical experts the whole time didn’t give up on him until he came back to life.

Muamba was taken to the London Chest Hospital, not far from Tottenham's White Hart Lane ground, after receiving prolonged treatment on the pitch in a match that was abandoned by the referee.

Democratic Republic of Congo-born Muamba's recovery was hailed as miraculous but there were always questions as to whether he could play again.

"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," he said while announcing his retirement from professional football.

I wish him all the best.

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