17 Apr 2012

Muamba leaves hospital

7:32 am on 17 April 2012

Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba has been discharged from the London Chest Hospital saying he would be forever in debt to the doctors who saved his life.

Muamba has made a miraculous recovery after being described by his club doctor as "in effect dead" for 78 minutes following a cardiac arrest during his side's FA Cup quarter-final against Tottenham Hotspur last month.

The 24-year-old needed 15 defibrillator shocks to restart his heart after collapsing on the White Hart Lane pitch on March 17.

He says he's looking forward to spending precious time with his family.

It's not known if he'll play professional football again.

Muamba's hospital exit comes days after a former Italy under-21 international Piermario Morosini died after suffering a cardiac arrest during an Italian second division game on Sunday.