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Miracle man Muamba recalls 'dying'

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Fabrice Muamba has relived the moment he "died" in front of thousands of stunned fans and described his astonishing recovery as "more than a miracle".

The Bolton midfielder's heart stopped beating for 78 minutes after he collapsed during the FA Cup quarter-final at Tottenham on March 17, but he was fit enough to walk out of hospital just a month after the ordeal. Muamba (24) said he asked God to protect him before the game, which was abandoned after his collapse. "What happened to me was really more than a miracle," he said. "On the morning of the game I prayed with my father and asked God to protect me -- and he didn't let me down.

"I am walking proof of the power of prayer. For 78 minutes I was dead and, even if I lived, was expected to have brain damage. But I'm very much alive. Someone up there was watching over me."

Muamba said that he started to feel dizzy after 41 minutes of play and began seeing double before collapsing. He wept as he added: "I just felt myself falling through the air and then felt two big thumps as my head hit the ground in front of me, then that was it. Blackness, nothing."

Meanwhile, Bolton captain Nigel Reo-Coker has claimed that some of his team-mates must stop making "bull***t excuses" for the club's relegation plight.

Bolton slipped to second bottom after a fretful home display against Swansea. A Scott Sinclair strike put the visitors deservedly ahead before Chris Eagles equalised. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent