London - Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba said he wants to
play football again and thanked God for the "miracle" that allowed him
to survive suffering a cardiac arrest on the pitch.
"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," he told
Britain's Sun on Sunday newspaper in his first interview since his
The 24-year-old was left fighting for his life after
keeling over during the first half of Bolton's FA Cup quarter-final at
Tottenham on March 17, which was subsequently abandoned.
Muamba's heart stopped for 78 minutes as medics battled to keep him
alive at the stadium and then in the London Chest Hospital, but he has
since made rapid progress and was discharged on April 16.
asked God to protect me - and he didn't let me down," he told the
newspaper. "What happened to me was really more than a miracle."
the moment he collapsed, he said: "I could see Spurs players running
around in the distance and saw two Scott Parkers then two Luka
"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."