Muamba upright, smiling in first photo since collapse

Muamba (Reuters Pictures)

Not even two weeks ago, Fabrice Muamba was in a fight for his life, nearly dying after collapsing on the field during an FA Cup match between Bolton and Tottenham.

The 23-year-old Bolton midfielder continues his recovery from the sudden cardiac arrest in a London hospital, and after a number of reports and accounts of his progress, the first photo of him since the frightening episode is making the rounds. 

Muamba's wife sent out the above photo of Muamba sitting upright and smiling from his hospital bed on his Twitter account Friday morning with the message that "Fab wanted me to post this pic for you all and to also say thank you for such overwhelming support."

Muamba, whose heart had stopped for 78 minutes and needed 15 shocks to restart, still has a long road ahead of him, but the photograph is as encouraging and tangible a sign of his recovery as we have seen. 

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10 Responses to Muamba upright, smiling in first photo since collapse

  1. Al_OC says:


  2. PetedeLA says:

    This was my feel good story for the day. Yes, awesome!

  3. jon says:


  4. Tyler says:

    Best news we could have had on this site!

  5. Paddy Megroyn says:

    Who’s ready for a You Write the Caption Contest?

    What, too soon?

  6. GSScasual says:

    I dont get it… I mean I do, but I dont know what your angle is.

  7. Andy says:

    Wow he looks great! Glad to see him smiling

  8. JSA says:

    A beautiful smile and heart warming story.

  9. Gnarls says:

    So awesome. I love when people (thousands… maybe millions) come together in support.

  10. Gnarls says:

    Here’s your caption:

    “I’ve escaped death. I’m very happy to be alive. Thanks for the prayers, people of earth.”

    Not everything needs a cynical tinge.