Fabrice Muamba and Dr Jonathan Tobin have reflected on the FA Cup quarter-final clash between Bolton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur nine years after the midfielder suffered a cardiac arrest.
Former Bolton medic Dr Tobin was one of four men that managed to save the life of Muamba alongside Dr Andrew Deaner, who rushed on as a spectator, Dr Sam Mohiddin and Spurs medic Shabaaz Mughal.
Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest in the 41st minute of the televised fixture, leaving the 30,000 fans in attendance and the millions watching at home in disbelief.
He explained in a chat with SPORTbible this week: "Around 40 minutes in, my vision started to get very blurry. When I looked at someone, I could see two of them.
"Then out of nowhere. Bang. I was on the floor. That was the last time I was able to play football again."
Muamba spoke about the day that his career ended with Dr Tobin, who admitted that he didn’t think his colleague would wake up after he was taken to hospital.
Fabrice said: ”Doc, you know when I was in the hospital, did you think I would have woken up?"
Dr Tobin said: ”No. I didn't think you would ever wake up again mate. Nobody did. Nobody thought you were going to wake up. You were dead for 78 minutes. I mean, Jesus. You are a once in a lifetime case."
Dr Tobin revealed that it took just over a minute for resuscitation to begin after the initial arrest, with a defibrillator placed on his chest to try and start his heart moments later.
Muamba was then transferred to an ambulance and taken to the London Chest Hospital with a slim chance of survival, with doctors witnessing a miracle as his heart started beating again after 78 minutes.
After being placed in a medically induced coma, he began the road to recovery and returned home four weeks after he woke up – subsequently retiring from football.
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"Even now, when I go for a check-up, I go down to London and see the people who treat me that day," Fabrice continued.
"I had a choice to stay up here in the north but to me, because we've built that rapport with them, it's best we keep it that way instead of moving information.
"I'm used to them guys. We have a great relationship."
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