Fabrice Muamba plans ‘normal day’ 10 years after cardiac arrest on the pitch and is happy to still be enjoying life

It was the day football held its breath for 78 minutes.

A packed White Hart Lane was silent as the watching players began to pray on the pitch.

Fabrice Muamba has revealed he is planning a'normal day' after ten years since suffering cardiac arrest during Bolton's clash with Tottenham

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Fabrice Muamba has revealed he is planning a ‘normal day’ after ten years since suffering cardiac arrest during Bolton’s clash with TottenhamCredits: Arthur Edwards / The Sun

But for Fabrice Muamba, ten years since his heart stopped beating is nothing to celebrate.

Thursday will be just another normal day for his family, like so many since his heart started beating again after collapsing while playing for Bolton at Tottenham in 2012.

Muamba, 33, said: “It will just be a normal day in my house.

“Nothing new will happen. You have your moments but I still have to get my kids to school and do what I need to do.

“Ten years have passed but life goes on.

“I’m grateful to the people up there who took care of me and that I’m still here and I’m here to enjoy life.”

Muamba’s miraculous recovery after cardiac arrest 78 minutes was thanks to the quick action of several doctors.

Lifetime Spurs fan and cardiologist Andrew Deaner was one of them as he dashed onto the pitch from the terrace at White Hart Lane.

Deaner told SunSport: “I got there about five and a half minutes and they tried the first shock but it didn’t work.

“After a few attempts, they decided to take him off the field and take him to the hospital.

“In the ambulance, Jonathan Tobin, the Bolton club doctor, was in the back with his football boots trying to perform CPR in the back of a speeding ambulance. with someone holding onto his hips to keep him in place as he kept sliding.”

Muamba was married, had 3 more children and received a degree in the 10 years since the incident.

But Deaner revealed they were only five minutes away from giving up after the midfielder failed to respond to 13 defibrillator shocks.

He added: “I spoke to Dr Bolton and I told him if we don’t get a response in the next five minutes we will stop.

“We got to the point where it seemed more likely that he would die than survive.

“Performing CPR since he collapsed was the key to survival.

“It’s an important lesson that if you do CPR, you can keep people alive.”

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