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8 Years After He Nearly Died On The Pitch, This Ex-Arsenal Player Is Still Standing Strong (Photos)

Samuel Okwaraji, Cheick Tiote, Marc Vivien Foe, are some of the famous names which readily come to mind when you think of sad events caused by heart defects in football.

Many footballers have collapsed on the field due to one heart defect or the other, but that of Fabrice Muamba will forever be a story of joy instead of sadness.

Fabrice Ndala Muamba was born in DR Congo on 6 April 1988.

He and his family members were forced to move to the United Kingdom in search of asylum following his father's difference in political views of then Zaire.

Fabrice was just 11 by the time he arrived in England and even though he wasn't fluent in the Queen's language, he would go on to pass his high school exams in English with ease.

Football began for Fabrice as a schoolboy and he joined the club's academy. 3 years later he would go on to make his professional debut for Arsenal playing against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Muamba's Arsenal's career was short-lived as he would later go on to join Birmingham in the Championship.

He played an important role as Birmingham won promotion to the Premier League but only to be relegated after the season.

Bolton was impressed with his performance that they paid £5m for his services. It was while playing for Bolton in an FA Cup quarter-final fixture that Muamba comes face to face with death.

41 minutes into the first half, Muamba dropped to the ground on the pitch and played motionlessly.

Tottenham fans at the stadium jeered when he fell but the stadium grew silent when it became obvious that he was motionless.

Luckily for Muamba, a cardiologist who came to the game as a fan was allowed to join Bolton's medical team is trying to revive Muamba.

The match had to be abandoned as Muamba was rushed to the hospital. He was practically dead for 78 minutes and took shocks upon shocks from a defibrillator both on the pitch and in the ambulance.

He was put under intensive care and it took over 24hrs before he could breathe without assistance.

Muamba's girlfriend Shauna was always by his bedside throughout this time and they would go on to tie the knot 7 months later.

According to doctors, his survival was a miracle and very rare. Fabrice was advised to stop playing football, and it lead to early retirement aged just 24.

Since quitting football, he then ventured into media work, journalism and coaching. Fabrice had to write an autobiography titled "I'm still standing" to narrate his near-death experience.

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