At some point, everyone wonders what happens when they die. It's a great mystery that none of us will ever get to experience until our day comes. Last month, Fabrice Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest, collapsed on the field and was presumed dead. But after a brief coma and a 40-day stay in the hospital, Muamba tells his remarkable story of what it was like for those 78 minutes when doctors assumed that he had passed on.
In an exclusive interview with The Sun, Muamba gives a very detailed account of his experience before collapsing on the pitch at White Hart Lane and what happened in the moments thereafter.
“I ran upfield to try to get on the end of a cross from Martin Petrov on our left wing and as I ran back into midfield I felt very slightly dizzy,” Muamba said. “It wasn’t normal dizziness — it was a kind of surreal feeling like I was running along inside someone else’s body. It’s hard to explain. … Then I made another burst forward and noticed it again — that dizzy feeling again. But then my vision started to go.
“I had no pain whatsoever. No clutching at my chest or tightness like you see when people have heart attacks in movies. Just an odd feeling that’s impossible to explain. … Then I started to see double. I could see Spurs players running around in the distance and saw two Scott Parkers then two Luka Modriches. That was when I realised something was seriously wrong.
It felt almost like a dream. There was no one anywhere near me when I started to feel myself falling. The last thing I heard was our defender Dedryck Boyata screaming at me to get back to help out in defense. … He obviously had no idea what was happening to me and neither had I.
“I just felt myself falling through the air then felt two big thumps as my head hit the ground in front of me then that was it. Blackness, nothing. I was dead.”
Later on in the interview, Muamba takes the time to thank Dr. Andrew Deaner for everything he did to bring him back to life. “It was pure chance that Dr Deaner was in the crowd that day. I owe him everything. He is the reason I have been able to hold my baby son again and continue my life."
[via Larry Brown Sports]