Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba has been discharged
from the London Chest Hospital almost a month after suffering a cardiac
arrest during an FA Cup tie against Tottenham Hotspur.
The England Under-21 international has made a remarkable recovery
since collapsing on the pitch at White Hart Lane on March 17, with the
24-year-old "technically dead for 78 minutes" after his heart stopped
beating while medics fought to save his life.
A joint statement from Bolton Wanderers Football Club and Barts Health NHS Trust read:
"Barts Health can confirm that Fabrice Muamba has now been discharged
following several weeks of treatment. All our staff wish him the very
best in his ongoing recovery."
While Muamba himself added: "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. I also wish to say thank you to all
the many well-wishers who have sent thousands of messages of support.
"Now I am out of hospital, I am looking forward to continuing my recovery and spending precious time with my family."
Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle, who remained at Muamba's bedside
for several days after the incident, expressed his delight at Monday's
"It is absolutely fantastic news that Fabrice has been discharged from hospital and everyone at the club is delighted," he said.
"We would also like to add our thanks to the staff at The London
Chest Hospital for their care and treatment of Fabrice, which has been
"It is important that Fabrice and his family are now given time and
space to be together, and we would ask the media to continue to respect
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