Fabrice Muamba: I feel like I have two hearts

23 April 2012

Fabrice Muamba has spoken to the press for the first time about his recovery from his shocking cardiac arrest on live TV during a football game.

The Bolton Wanderers midfielder was effectively 'dead' for 78 minutes after his heart stopped beating while playing against Tottenham Hotspur during an FA Cup tie.

However, The Sun reported that Muamba has surprised the medical world with a quick recovery in which he is now getting back to full fitness in the comfort of his own home.

In order to help his heart in case it suffers from complications again, doctors have implanted a zapper into the footballer's chest.

The device acts as an added defence to Muamba's heart and will give the organ a shock of life should he suffer cardiac arrest again.

"It won't need another battery for ten years, and will be barely noticeable once my stitches have been taken out," Muamba told the publication.

"I can feel a metal plate under my skin in my chest above my heart so it feels like I've got two hearts instead of one."

Posted by Philip Briggs

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