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'If God is with me then who can be against me?'

Recovering footballer Fabrice Muamba has been telling The Times: "You don't believe in miracles? Ask me, I will tell you how it is."

Recovering footballer Fabrice Muamba has been telling The Times: "You don't believe in miracles? Ask me, I will tell you how it is."

The Bolton Wanderers player, whose heart stopped for 78 minutes after he suffered a cardiac arrest during an FA Cup tie against Tottenham Hotspur in March, has been making extraordinary progress and, along with the amazing work of the medical teams, has seen faith and prayer at the heart of his recovery.

His fiancee Shauna recalls a young African cleaner who came into his room in hospital every day to pray silently in the corner. And Muamba himself has spoken of waking up to find his family around the bed praying and reading psalms for his recovery.

“They were praying so loud,” he laughs. “No one could sleep through that.”
He recalls, while still drowsy, watching TV and was convinced he had seen the Pope say: “Pray for Muamba.” In fact it was the Archbishop of Westminster.

"The power of prayer and the knowledge of the doctors saved me. I was lucky," he told The Times' Matt Dickinson.

“Trust me, I take every day as a blessing. They said I should be brain dead. I asked him, ‘Doc, tell me the truth.’ He told me, ‘Listen, I’m not going to lie, you should be brain-damaged. You should be dead. A month ago I thought you were finished.’ It still shocks me. I’m still recovering, still understanding what happened. I haven’t seen the video. I’ll watch it one day, but I’m not ready yet. It’s too much for me now.”

He is also sanguine about his future: “I wanted to break into the England team. But if my circumstances won’t allow me to play football, I can say I gave everything. I’ve worked hard. We’ll see.

"There is a verse in the Bible, I can’t remember which one, but it goes: ‘If God is with us, who can be against us?’ If God is with me, who can be against me? I died, literally. I am alive. There is nothing now to be in fear of.”
 

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