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Muamba speaks of recovery

sports Updated: Apr 22, 2012 23:30 IST

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Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba has spoken for the first time about collapsing during a match after a cardiac arrest.

Muamba's heart stopped beating on its own for 78 minutes in last month's FA Cup match at Tottenham, but he has recovered to walk out of hospital earlier this week.

The 24-year-old Muamba told Sunday's edition of The Sun newspaper that he "had no pain whatsoever" before collapsing, but added: "Then I started to see double."

He recalled: "I just felt myself falling through the air and then felt two big thumps as my head hit the ground in front of me then that was it. Blackness, nothing."

Muamba says "for 78 minutes I was dead and even if I lived was expected to have suffered brain damage, but I'm very much alive."