DID WE LOSE? Muamba’s first words af­ter heart at­tack

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HEART at­tack foot­ball star Fabrice Muamba’s first words af­ter he woke up were ‘DID WE LOSE?’

The Bolton Wan­der­ers mid­fielder is still in in­ten­sive care col­laps­ing dur­ing his side’s FA Cup clash with Tot­ten­ham on Satur­day.

But he has re­cov­ered enough to be able to hold a con­ver­sa­tion and ac­cord­ing to pal Aime Esalo, when he came round he wanted to know how the match had ended.

Esalo said: “When Fabrice came round his dad Mar­cel asked if he knew who he was.

“Fabrice said ‘yes’, and the next thing he asked was ‘did we lose?’

“When he was told the game had been stopped he asked why, and Mar­cel told him it was ‘be­cause of you’.” The fact the 23-year-old is talk­ing so soon af­ter his car­diac ar­rest has amazed medics.

He is be­ing treated at The London Chest Hospi­tal, and Amanda Var­nava, con­sul­tant car­di­ol­o­gist at St Mary’s Hospi­tal in London, reck­ons the news that Muamba was speak­ing “...is amaz­ing”.

She added: “If they took him off se­da­tion, that means he has a very good out­look. If his brain is suf­fi­ciently re­cov­ered in quick enough time to en­able him to speak, the out­look for his brain is good. It may not be 100 per cent, but it’s good.”

Bolton man­ager Owen Coyle said he would ‘never have imag­ined’ his player would be­gin to re­cover so quickly”.

He added that he had man­aged to “ex­change a few words” with him.

“Fabrice is still in in­ten­sive care, re­mains crit­i­cal, but there has been im­prove­ment,’ he said.

“I had a con­ver­sa­tion, a few words ex­changed, which is a great sign.”

Muamba’s fi­ancée, Shauna Ma­gunda, 27, the mother of his three­year-old son, wrote on Twit­ter: “All your pray­ers are work­ing peo­ple thank u so so much.”

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