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Bolton’s Muamba Leaves Hospital a Month After Cardiac Arrest

April 16, 2012

Bolton Wanderers soccer player Fabrice Muamba was discharged from the hospital today, a month after his heart stopped for more than an hour during an F.A. Cup quarterfinal.

Muamba thanked staff members who had treated him at London Chest Hospital and said he will “forever be in their debt,” according to a statement on Bolton’s website. A photograph on the website showed Muamba, dressed in a gray tracksuit and white sneakers, grinning and shaking hands with two doctors.

“I also wish to say thank you to all the many well-wishers who have sent thousands of messages of support,” Muamba told the website.

He said he looked forward to continuing his recovery and spending “precious time” with his family.

Muamba, a 24-year-old midfielder, has been in the hospital since collapsing on the field during the televised quarterfinal at Tottenham on March 17. He is in his fourth season with Bolton.

Piermario Morosini, a 25-year-old midfielder on loan at the Italian soccer club Livorno from Udinese, died on April 14 after suffering a cardiac arrest during a match against Pescara.

The Italian soccer federation suspended all the weekend’s remaining matches because of his death.

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