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Fabrice Muamba leaves hospital

Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba has been discharged from hospital, almost a month to the day after he suffered a cardiac arrest during a game.

Midfielder Muamba collapsed on the pitch in the first half of Bolton's FA Cup quarter-final at Tottenham Hotspur on March 17, with the game subsequently being abandoned.

The former England Under-21 international received treatment on the field before being taken to the London Chest Hospital. It later emerged that it took 78 minutes for his heart to start working unassisted.

He was discharged from hospital and paid tribute to staff who cared for him.

In a joint statement, Barts Health NHS Trust and Bolton Wanderers confirmed Muamba, who turned 24 earlier this month, was discharged from hospital.

They also released a picture of the footballer shaking hands with Dr Andrew Deaner, the cardiologist and Tottenham fan who leapt from his seat in the crowd and rushed on to the pitch to help Muamba, as well as consultant cardiologist Dr Sam Mohiddin, both from Barts Health NHS Trust.

Muamba, who has released several pictures of himself during his recovery, said: "I am naturally very pleased to be discharged from hospital and would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to every single member of staff at the London Chest Hospital who have played a part in my care. Their dedication, professionalism and expertise is simply amazing and I will forever be in their debt.

"I also wish to say thank you to all the many well-wishers who have sent thousands of messages of support. Now I am out of hospital, I am looking forward to continuing my recovery and spending precious time with my family."

Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle added: "It is absolutely fantastic news that Fabrice has been discharged from hospital and everyone at the club is delighted. We would also like to add our thanks to the staff at the London Chest Hospital for their care and treatment of Fabrice, which has been outstanding. It is important that Fabrice and his family are now given time and space to be together, and we would ask the media to continue to respect their privacy."

Former England striker Trevor Francis was also discharged from hospital on Monday after suffering a suspected heart attack on Friday. Birmingham Heartlands Hospital confirmed the former England striker was released, with the 57-year-old having recovered well from successful surgery.

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