Fabrice Muamba thanks fans for support with Twitter picture
Fabrice Muamba's family thank fans for support by posting first picture of Bolton midfielder since his on-field collapse
Fabrice Muamba’s family have posted a picture of the Bolton midfielder in hospital as he continues his recovery from a cardiac arrest.
The picture, which is the first image of the 23-year-old since he collapsed during Bolton’s FA Cup clash with Tottenham earlier this month, was tweeted on his behalf by his fiancee Shauna.
She wrote: “Fab wanted me to post this pic for you all and to also say thank you for such overwhelming support.”
The midfielder required 15 defibrillator shocks to get his heart beating again after collapsing shortly before half-time during the FA Cup quarter-final at White Hart Lane.
Bolton club chaplain Phil Mason returned to the London chest hospital this week with hundreds of well wishes from fans and the wider community, including a book of prayers that had been opened by the Bolton Town Centre Chaplaincy and cards left at the Reebok Stadium.
Mason said: “The family have been overwhelmed by all the support that has been shown in so many different ways. As Fabrice continues on this journey, such support has been a real help.
“It is important now from a pastoral perspective that the family are given time and space to allow healing to continue, which I am sure everyone will appreciate is now very important. Updates will continue to be issued regarding Fabrice’s condition and progress, and our thoughts and prayers continue for him and all the family.”