London, July 14(ANI): Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba has said he was humbled to receive an honorary doctor’s degree from the Bolton University, nearly after four months after he ‘almost died’ from a cardiac arrest during an FA Cup tie in March.
Muamba’s heart stopped for 78 minutes after he collapsed on the pitch at White Hart Lane on March 17.
Millions of fans on TV watched as medics from both teams and a heart specialist who rushed from the stands desperately battled to keep Muamba alive, and he then stunned the doctors with his amazing recovery.
“I would like to thank the University of Bolton for this award of an Honorary Doctorate,” The Sun quoted Muamba, as saying.
“I am very humbled to accept it on behalf of all the amazing men and women who combined to save my life, the paramedics and medical teams of Bolton Wanderers and Tottenham, ambulance personnel, and of course the consultants, doctors and nurses at The London Chest Hospital, my family and I owe them all so much,’ he added.
Muamba said he still does not know if he will be able to resume his professional career.
“I’m getting stronger every day. I’m far away from being back on the football pitch,” Muamba said.
“I really, really hope, by the grace of God, that I’ll be back on the pitch but I’m just grateful to the university for this doctorate and I receive it on behalf of everybody who helped me to survive the cardiac arrest,” he added. (ANI)