I'm Still Standing: My Incredible Story

I'm Still Standing: My Incredible Story

Fabrice Muamba

Language: English

Pages: 136

ISBN: 2:00240847

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Fabrice Muamba: I'm Still Standing is one of the books of the year. A life-affirming tale of courage and triumph that will surprise, fascinate and ultimately inspire you. THEY say that when you die, your life flashes before your eyes. Fabrice Muamba has been there. He knows. Muamba was the Bolton Wanderers player who collapsed during a televised FA Cup match against Tottenham Hotspur. After receiving emergency treatment on the pitch from medical personnel including a consultant cardiologist who was at the game as a fan he was rushed to a coronary care unit at the London Chest Hospital. Muamba s heart stopped beating for 78 minutes. But amazingly he survived. He made a remarkable recovery that has engrossed and enthralled both the footballing and wider world. Although it is Muamba's cardiac arrest and his wonderful resurgence that has brought him into the public eye, the truth is that he had already lived a remarkable life prior to his collapse. Born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Muamba was brought up surrounded by the terror of a civil war and without a father who was forced to flee to the UK in 1994 because of his links to unpopular President Mobutu Sese Seko. Muamba was not reunited with his father until 1999 when he moved to London aged 11. This schoolboy, who could not speak a word of English, then displayed the kind of strength and faith that would become his hallmark, achieving 10 GCSEs before swiftly rising to the top of the English game, firstly with Arsenal and Birmingham City before his final spell at Bolton.

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the motorway only a few people really see it. When I died, everybody was watching – the match was broadcast on television and the instant media reaction meant my story went around the world before I was even stretchered off. As a result I have no issue at all with people knowing who I am and being interested in my life solely because of those crazy moments at White Hart Lane. People were shocked and stunned by what happened. They weren’t the only ones. I’d always intended on writing a book

around. Others use Twitter to show their concern... Frank Lampard: ‘We are all Wanderers tonight.’ Kyle Walker: ‘Doesn’t matter who you support. Doesn’t matter if you aren’t a football fan. Doesn’t matter if you aren’t religious. Pray for Fabrice Muamba.’ Rio Ferdinand: ‘Come on Fabrice Muamba, praying for you.’ Rafael van der Vaart: ‘Terrible what happened with Muamba during the game. We’re all praying for him.’ Jack Wilshere: ‘Hope Muamba is okay! Thoughts with him.’

of being in hospital and Shauna had gone outside to ask the doctor on duty about my medication. She must have been out of the room for two minutes, maybe three at the most. But I was so impatient and frustrated and angry that I just exploded. I repaid the woman who had stood by me with abuse. I just couldn’t help all this frustration pouring out. It wasn’t the only time I let things get on top of me. Deep down, I felt so bad about how I was behaving but I couldn’t help it – it’s as simple as

friendly with Barcelona ‘B’ that night, and I was ok with it. What can you do? I tried to be upbeat and ok. It was better to know, once and for all, what my future did and didn’t contain. Before leaving the room, Dr Brugada shook my hand and Shauna and I prayed. We then caught a flight home and got on with the rest of our lives. ##### On that flight, I was able to think back about the good times in professional football that I’d experienced. I’d come up against so many great

Fabrice are you talking about – this Fabrice?” They were all so shocked! It was great. Shauna and Joshua also came with me and he loved it. He just played in the sand all day and everyone made a huge fuss of him. He was surrounded by other kids. On the Thursday we went to church and again only a few people knew I was going to be there. Pastor Claude did a service and at the end mentioned I was present. “Remember the man we have been praying for,” he said. “Now he is here to visit us.

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