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Fabrice Muamba

Fabrice Muamba is a retired footballer who played for Arsenal, Birmingham City and Bolton Wanderers. He also represented England at all youth levels up to Under-21.

Born in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Fabrice and his family fled the country to seek asylum in the UK. In 1999, he was granted indefinite leave to remain in the country, and was later joined by the rest of his family.

On 17th March 2012 he suffered a cardiac arrest whilst playing for Bolton Wanderers against Tottenham Hotspur in an FA Cup 6th round match at White Hart Lane.

After receiving lengthy treatment on the pitch, Fabrice was treated at the London Chest Hospital and was in a ‘critical’ condition in intensive care. During the cardiac arrest, his heart had stopped beating for 78 minutes.

Over the following two months, Fabrice made a remarkable recovery and was discharged on April 21st, having been fitted with an Implantable Cardioverter-Defribillator (ICD).

Fabrice is an ambassador for the Arrythmia Alliance’s Heart and Goals campaign, and together with Bolton Wanderers, the campaign has been helping place defibrillators in communities up and down the country.

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