Tuesday, 30 October 2012
Heart attack footballer Fabrice Muamba marries fiancee seven months after he collapsed on pitch
It was the dream wedding that almost did not take place after 24-year-old football star Fabrice Muamba 'died' on the pitch seven months ago.
The ceremony looked in grave in danger of never happening in March, when Muamba had a heart attack during an FA Cup match at Tottenham ground White Hart Lane
Muamba had proposed to 27-year-old Miss Magunda just a month before his cardiac arrest, on Valentine's Day
The distraught young woman became a constant presence at her fiance’s bedside, and by August he had recovered, although his playing days are now behind him.
Their nuptials were attended by Premier League star Robin Van Persie and his wife, who posed with the happy couple for the latest edition of Hello! magazine.
Muamba told the magazine: 'This year has been a difficult one but, to me, marriage is the happy ending.'
The guests also included Reading striker Jason Roberts, ex-England striker Andy Cole and Muamba's Bolton team-mates Stuart Holden and Martin Petrov.
Dr Sam Mohiddin, one of the medics who saved Muamba's life at the London Chest Hospital, also attended.
Dr Mohiddin said: 'Seven months ago this day was completely inconceivable.
'I just feel elated for Fabrice and Shauna, and so honoured to be here to celebrate with them.
'The cardiac arrest had a big impact on everyone in football, and we all lived the moment as Fab recovered in hospital.
'Everyone is so relieved and happy for him and Shauna.'
The wedding was held at 19th century Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, where Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand and Sunderland player Wes Brown both got married.
A Manchester-based catering firm provided Caribbean-themed food, which included jerk chicken and curried goat.